Kiersey Clemons as Iris West in "Zack Snyder's Justice League." Photo courtesy HBO Max

Revisions demanded following misleading report about Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West

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A recent report by The Hollywood Reporter stated that Kiersey Clemons, who plays Iris West in the upcoming “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” film is set to reprise her role in “The Flash,” which is set to be directed by Andrés Muschietti.

This particular article is being called out by a lot of fans and actors for misrepresentation of information because it claims Clemons’ role was cut out of the film by director Zack Snyder before he left the project to Joss Whedon. Zack and Deborah Snyder both left post production due to a family tragedy leaving the film in the hands of Joss Whedon.

After the article gained attention for misleading information, Cyborg actor Ray Fisher came out defending Zack Snyder.

“I appreciate [The Hollywood Reporter] attempting to help mitigate blowback for the racist decision-making of [Warner Bros. Pictures] executives in 2017,” Fisher tweeted. “But hear me now, Zack Snyder NEVER cut Kiersey Clemons from Justice League.” 

Ray concluded his tweet by requesting a revision on the piece. 

“The actress will reprise her role as Iris West, the romantic interest of Barry Allen, aka The Flash. Clemons portrayed the intrepid reporter West in Justice League, but her role was cut by director Zack Snyder back in 2017 before he turned the film over to Joss Whedon. Snyder added her character back in recently for his upcoming cut, which debuts on HBO Max on March 18.” 

A transcript from The Hollywood Reporter’s original report

Internet personality, reviewer and reporter Grace Randolph also tweeted out supporting Ray’s claims and requested for the article to be changed.

Last year, Fisher accused Director Whedon of exhibiting “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” on set behaviour towards Justice League’s cast and crew members during Whedon’s reshoots for the 2017 flop. Warner Bros. followed with a third party investigation into the allegations which resulted in “remedial actions.” 

Fisher first made his accusations public in July 2020, and the WarnerMedia investigation began in August. According to Fisher, former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, both “enabled” Whedon. Berg and Johns served as producers on “Justice League.”

Fisher also stated in December that he will no longer work on any film associated with DC Films President Walter Hamada following a third party investigation. Hamada became president of DC Films in 2018, after “Justice League” first debuted in theaters to mixed reviews and low box office returns. Fisher also confirmed in January that his character Cyborg was removed from “The Flash.” 

Kiersey Clemons, along with Jason Mamoa who played Aquaman, had supported Ray Fisher on his fight against Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon by using the #IStandwithRayFisher in their respective social media channels.

Fisher tweeted again asking for revisions when freelancer and contributing writer to The Hollywood Reporter defended the piece claiming the quote is direct from Zack Snyder. 

The article in question shows a portion of a past Vanity Fair piece regarding Snyder’s struggles behind the scenes which implies that the director was the one who had cut Clemons scenes under the studio’s pressure.

“I understand why you may feel obligated to defend The Hollywood Reporter, but the information you’re presenting is misleading,” Fisher tweeted. “What you’ve chosen to highlight with regard to Kiersey is coming from the reporter at Vanity Fair. It is not a quote from Zack Snyder. Please stop. A>E”

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