Regé-Jean Web page allegedly rejected for position due to race

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DC Leisure reportedly handed on “Bridgerton” breakout Regé-Jean Web page for a job in Syfy’s “Krypton” after an govt allegedly argued that the collection’ lead couldn’t be portrayed by a Black actor.

Earlier than his star skyrocketed with the discharge of Shonda Rhimes’ hit interval drama, Web page auditioned to play Superman’s grandfather within the motion program, in keeping with The Hollywood Reporter. Regardless of the “Krypton” creators’ reported need to diversify the DC Prolonged Universe, then-DC chief artistic officer Geoffrey Johns allegedly stated Superman’s grandfather couldn’t be Black.

In an announcement paraphrased Tuesday by THR, a rep for Johns defended the casting determination on the grounds that the Hollywood exec “believed followers anticipated the character to appear to be a younger Henry Cavill,” who’s white and performs Superman within the DC movies. The starring position in “Krypton,” which ran for 2 seasons from 2018 to 2019, finally went to white actor Cameron Cuffe.

Representatives for Web page didn’t instantly reply Tuesday to The Occasions’ request for remark.

The “Krypton” casting revelation is certainly one of a number of accusations leveled towards Johns in THR’s new profile of actor Ray Fisher, who opened up about alleged mistreatment he skilled by the hands of Johns and different highly effective DC figures — together with embattled director Joss Whedon, who helmed reshoots for the 2017 movie “Justice League.”

Final 12 months on Twitter, Fisher accused Whedon of exhibiting “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and utterly unacceptable” habits on the set of “Justice League,” which starred the actor as Victor Stone, a.ok.a. Cyborg. He added that Whedon was “enabled, in some ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg” and has continued to vocalize his dissatisfaction on social media concerning how Warner Bros. dealt with its subsequent investigation into his considerations.

Talking to THR, Fisher accused Johns of dismissing a number of points he raised concerning the onscreen character of Cyborg and Whedon’s management, amongst different alleged transgressions. In varied statements to THR, a rep for Johns pushed again towards Fisher’s allegations.

“I don’t consider a few of these persons are match for positions of management,” Fisher instructed the commerce publication. “I don’t need them excommunicated from Hollywood, however I don’t assume they need to be in command of the hiring and firing of different folks … If I can’t get accountability, at the least I could make folks conscious of who they’re coping with.”

“Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa and “Marvel Girl” star Gal Gadot have additionally commented on their experiences engaged on “Justice League.” When Gadot took difficulty with a few of Marvel Girl’s strains, Whedon allegedly pressured her to movie them anyway, threatened to sabotage her profession and insulted “Marvel Girl” director Patty Jenkins, in keeping with sources who spoke with THR.

Whedon declined to remark for THR’s piece.

“I had my very own expertise with [Whedon], which wasn’t the very best one, however I took care of it there and when it occurred,” Gadot instructed The Occasions final 12 months in an announcement much like the one she gave THR. “I took it to the higher-ups and so they took care of it. However I’m completely happy for Ray to go up and say his fact.”

Among the many non-“Justice League” solid members who reached out to Fisher with their ideas on Whedon and Johns had been former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Charisma Carpenter — who lately accused “Buffy” showrunner Whedon of retaliatory habits on social media — in addition to some “Krypton” alumni, in keeping with THR.

Along with allegedly refusing to solid a Black actor because the collection lead, Johns was accused by “Krypton” author Nadria Tucker of rejecting her recommendation about depicting a Black character with shifting hairstyles.

“I stated Black girls, we have a tendency to alter our hair ceaselessly,” Tucker instructed THR. “It’s not bizarre, it’s a Black factor. … And he stated, ‘No, it’s not.’”

In an announcement to THR, a rep for Johns argued that “commonplace continuity notes for a scene are being spun in a means that aren’t solely personally offensive to Geoff, however to the those who know who he’s, know the work he’s executed and know the life he lives.

“Geoff has personally seen firsthand the painful results of racial stereotypes regarding hair and different cultural stereotypes,” the rep added, “having been married to a Black lady who he was with for a decade and together with his second spouse, who’s Asian American, in addition to his son who’s combined race.”

Tucker responded to the THR story Tuesday by tweeting, “Why was Geoff Johns okay with Zod, historically a villain, being Black however not Superman, clearly a hero? I ponder. What might or not it’s???”

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