Whether Joss Whedon was actually fired by HBO has been on my mind since I read the news. Here is the Variety story from the day the news broke.
So, right away we see the dead ass chill HBO gave him.
“We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of ‘The Nevers’ and look forward to its premiere.”
Come on man. That's a "and don't let the door hit you in the ass" statement if I ever read one. Especially when you consider the fact that Whedon gave this long-winded explanation:
“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. I am genuinely exhausted and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change,” Whedon said. “I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. ‘The Nevers’ is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”
So the creator of your exciting show leaves claiming such total exhaustion that he has to abandon his supposed labor of love, and that's your statement?
Nah. If anything Whedon said was true, IMO, the statement would have been gushing. "We are forever grateful to Whedon's creative input" etc etc.
Something else happened here.
This was to be Whedon's first time back as Showrunner since the first 5 seasons of Buffy. He created this show. He talked about how excited he was because it has been too long since he created a new world.
This is like when administration officials claim they are leaving the White House to spend more time with their family. Suuure you are.
I suspect he was fired. What remains to be seen now is how this ties into the ongoing investigation at Warner Brothers over Justice League's Ray Fischer's accusations against Whedon.
What is about to come out?
Fischer accused Whedon of ‘gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable' behavior". And he was kinda left hanging out there, you know?
And nobody said much of anything and the entire thing seemed poised to get brushed under the rug. A pretty powerless actor getting crushed and his career DOA because he crossed a powerful man.
But then something pretty amazing happened. Jason Momoa stepped up.
I really feel badly about initially sizing Momoa up as a hot meathead. Now, to be fair, when I say "hot" I mean, like, the HOTTEST fucking man on planet earth. Still, I did assume he was a meathead.
But this guy is stand up. It's not the first time either, when he was quite unknown during the first season of GOT, he stood up for Emilia Clarke who wasn't GIVEN ANY CLOTHES to wear on set between her nude scenes. I need to write a whole damn post about that shit too. I haven't been into sex scenes since. You know what? I don't need em, let the women keep their clothes on thanks.
Anyway, he didn't have power then, and he said, nah, and he got his new friend some damn clothes. Now, he does have power. And he's employing that power to stand up for someone with less power again. I think that especially these days, that's something we should take note of.
Okay so now, all of a sudden, it's not just the black guy, who you know they were going to gaslight, who they did gaslight by claiming he wasn't "cooperating" with their investigation.
Now, it's a franchise lead.
So what happens next?
Well, next, this news breaks:
Gal Gadot Refused to do Sexualized Wonder Woman Scene
I doubt we’ll ever get specifics from Ray Fisher re Joss Whedon, but here’s one I was the first to report:— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) July 1, 2020
Gal Gadot didn’t want to film this scene, so Whedon did it w/ a stunt double. That’s why you can’t see her face.#DC #DCEU pic.twitter.com/efliLlY2EW
Don’t forget to add that he locked her in a room and threatened her career if she didn’t do the scene. That is very important and should not be omitted.— Jason Laboy Photography (@Jason24cf) July 1, 2020
Now, I don't know who this guy is, and MSN got the story wrong when they state in that article that he worked with Fischer. I looked at his Twitter and he says he did not. But I also did an advanced Twitter search on his @ along with the name Joss Whedon and he's been tweeting about this for a while.
Calling Whedon a pig and saying when the true story comes out...and that was long before Fischer went public.
So I kinda think there's a there there.
And now Whedon "exits" his own fucking show and HBO gives a statement that might as well state "we don't know him".
Why? What's about to come out? Or was Joss making more trouble on the set of The Nevers?
All of this has made me go back to Charisma Carpenter and Angel. There's long been rumors Whedon fired her for getting pregnant. It's certainly factual that she didn't want to leave the show.
And her career died after that. Sure, a lot of people's careers in Hollywood died.
A lot of people's careers in Hollywood get killed too though.
I think there's a lot more to come out about Joss Whedon. And it gives me no pleasure to say that since I basically know the words to all 8 seasons of Buffy, and I loved Angel too. Sometimes, I loved Angel more.
But something's wrong here.
When the news about Whedon and HBO broke, Ray Fischer put up this post on Instagram
Jason Momoa "Liked" the post. Stay tuned.