[Blind Gossip] This famous multi-hyphenate director says that he has chosen to exit from a huge movie project because he just couldn’t figure out how to make the story work.
That’s not the whole story.
It took months for them to convince him to step down. They wanted him out because they knew trouble was coming in the form of multiple complaints from women on previous films.
This is a female protagonist film, so they didn’t want the controversy. Problem is that he had a contract, so they had to be careful about their approach. It had to look like he “volunteered” to leave. I don’t know what they had to give him to make him go away, but it had to be substantial.
We do not know who is up at bat to replace him, but certainly hope it will be someone who is more respectful of women.
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[Optional] Who should the company hire to replace him?
Director: Joss Whedon
Back in 2018, your friends at Blind Gossip told you that a famous director was pushed out of a big project because of his poor treatment of women.
That movie was Batgirl.
Whedon’s exit was so disruptive that Batgirl is still in development three years later.
While DC Entertainment and Warner Bros intend to eventually make Batgirl, there is neither a star nor a director attached right now.
Why was Joss Whedon asked to step away from Batgirl?
Well, Joss Whedon has always been a jerk. Some of of his behavior was detailed in another blind item (see Joss Whedon Is A Lying Hypocrite for details).
For the answer as to why he was forced out of Batgirl in 2018, it’s helpful to understand what happened with Joss Whedon on Justice League in 2016-2017.
Joss Whedon replaced Zach Snyder as the director of Justice League midway through production in 2016.
In 2020, an actor from that film – Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg – publicly accused Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set in 2016.
Ray Fisher claims that he reported Whedon’s behavior to his superiors at the time but that they kept Whedon on the film.
That accusation gained a lot of traction on social media.
Now, an actress from a famous TV series created by and directed by Joss Whedon is speaking out in support of Ray Fisher.
Charisma Carpenter played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for more than fifty episodes in the 1990s. Buffy starred Sarah Michelle Geller. In this cast photo, Carpenter is on the right.
After starring on Buffy, Whedon offered Carpenter a role on a spinoff called Angel, starring David Boreanz. In this cast photo, Carpenter is again on the right.
Charisma Carpenter is now describing the horrible experience she had working with Joss Whedon on those two series in a series of tweets.
Carpenter accuses Whedon of making “passive-aggressive threats to fire her,” calling her “fat” when she was four months pregnant, and alleges that Whedon fired her for having a child after trying to manipulate her into have an ab*rtion.
Carpenter says that she participated in Warner Media’s Justice League investigation because she believed in the integrity of Ray Fisher.
Here is the original tweet from Charisma Carpenter:
— charisma carpenter (@AllCharisma) February 10, 2021
It’s a little hard to read in that format, so here is Variety’s article about it:
Charisma Carpenter Alleges Joss Whedon ‘Abused His Power’ on ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’: ‘Joss Was the Vampire’
Charisma Carpenter alleges Joss Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” while she performed on Whedon’s series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” In a lengthy statement the 50-year-old actor posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Carpenter alleges that Whedon’s “casually cruel” behavior included threatening to fire her, calling her “fat” when she was four months pregnant, asking her if she was going to “keep” her baby, and firing her after she gave birth.
A representative for Whedon declined to comment.
Of course they did.
The bulk of Carpenter’s statement focuses on Whedon’s reaction upon learning that she was pregnant while shooting the WB series “Angel,” which premiered in 1999 as a spin-off to “Buffy.” She alleges that after “refusing” calls from her agents to communicate she was pregnant, when Whedon did learn of her status, he took a “closed-door meeting” with her.
When your superior has a problem with you, never do a closed-door meeting alone.
“[H]e asked me if I was ‘going to keep it,’ and manipulatively weaponized my womanhood and faith against me. He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me following the season once I gave birth.”
Carpenter says she was then given a 1 a.m. call for work after her doctor had recommended shortening her hours after she began experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions due to the “long and physically demanding days.” She says she believes the 1 a.m. call “was retaliatory.” (Carpenter’s pregnancy was worked into the plot line of the show.)
Braxton Hicks contractions are “false labor” pains.
In the wake of her experience of leaving “Angel,” Carpenter says that she felt “powerless and alone,” especially as the “primary breadwinner” for her family. “Unfortunately, all this was happening during one of the most wonderful time[s] in new motherhood,” she writes. “All that promise and joy sucked right out. And Joss was the vampire.”
Here is Charisma Carpenter with Bruce Jenner and her baby.
Just kidding. That’s her now ex-husband, Damian Hardy. He manages a hair salon.
In her statement, Carpenter says she chose to come forward in light of Ray Fisher’s allegations that Whedon abused his power on the set of “Justice League,” which was the subject of a lengthy investigation by WarnerMedia last year. Carpenter says that she participated in that investigation, and decided to come forward after Fisher went public that he was no longer going to appear as his “Justice League” character of Cyborg in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”
We’re not sure how or why that decision was made, as Joss Whedon will not be the director of The Flash, which will star actor Ezra Miller.
“Although I am not shocked, I am deeply pained by it,” Carpenter writes. “It troubles and saddens me that in 2021 professionals STILL have to choose between whistleblowing in the workplace and job security.”
Did you catch the one big clue we gave you in the original blind item?
We do not know who is up at BAT to replace him.
That clue alone made it so easy that even this guy could solve it.
Nico68 was first with the correct response!
Related: Joss Whedon Is A Lying Hypocrite