Thanks to the animated series Teen Titans, his character has something of a catchphrase in “booyah” (which isn’t in the original comics), but Fisher has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about why he thought the word played differently in a live-action film.
“It seemed weird to have the only Black character say that,” noted the actor, who said that he was instantly reminded of Black pop-culture figures with defining phrases like Gary Coleman’s “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” in Diff’rent Strokes.
Fisher recalled that the line wasn’t in the original script, as Zack Snyder had made it clear he didn’t want any catchphrases, but it was added in during Joss Whedon’s reshoots, despite the actor’s objections.
Former DC Films co-president Geoff Johns’ rep has said that the studio believed the line to be “a fun moment of synergy”.
Last year, Fisher claimed that director Whedon had engaged in “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behaviour during his time on Justice League, saying he was “enabled, in many ways, by [producers] Geoff Johns and Jon Berg”.
Johns and Berg have denied Fisher’s claims, with Berg saying that it was “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behaviour on set”, adding: “I remember [Fisher] being upset that we wanted him to say ‘booyah’, which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series.”
Justice League studio WarnerMedia confirmed in December that it had finished its on-set investigation into complaints made by Fisher about Whedon’s time directing Justice League.
“WarnerMedia’s investigation into the Justice League movie has concluded and remedial action has been taken,” a spokesperson said at the time.
As fans of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be aware, “booyah” was not included in his refurbished cut.