After it was alleged in a piece from The Hollywood Reporter back in early April, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot has confirmed that Justice League director Joss Whedon threatened to harm her career during the making of the film.
In an interview with Israeli outlet N12, Gadot confirmed THR‘s report, saying that the shamed Avengers director threatened to make her career “miserable”.
“He threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he’ll make sure my career will be miserable and I just took care of it on the spot.” [via N12]
Gadot is now the second Justice League actor to make allegations of misconduct against Whedon, as Cyborg actor Ray Fisher’s gripes with the director have been well-documented.
In the THR report from early April, Fisher said he had “to explain some of the most basic points of what would be offensive to the Black community” and that when Fisher tried to approach Whedon with “notes to avoid issues in terms of representation of the character”, Whedon cut him off and said “It feels like I’m taking notes right now, and I don’t like taking notes from anybody — not even Robert Downey Jr.”
As a result of the allegations against Whedon, the director was seemingly removed as showrunner from the HBO Max series The Nevers, which he created.
“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer,” Whedon said in a statement about his departure from the series.
While HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys stated that the network “ad no complaints or no reports of inappropriate behavior” regarding Whedon, the director’s involvement in the project was not acknowledged in the marketing of the series.
At this time, Whedon does not currently have any projects in the works, while Gadot can be seen in the upcoming films Red Notice and Death on the Nile. Gadot also has multiple projects in the works, such as Wonder Woman 3, Heart Of Stone, a film about Irena Sendler, a film about Cleopatra, and an AppleTV+ series about Hedy Lamarr in the works.