If anyone thought that the upcoming Man of Steel sequel wouldn’t be building to some sort of united effort featuring the Justice League in the future, then this latest bit of news coming out of the production currently known as Batman vs. Superman should put those doubts to rest. As announced today in Variety, actor Ray Fisher has been cast as DC Comics character Victor Stone – aka Cyborg – in what’s being described as a “small role” in the upcoming film.
This will certainly be a cause for celebration among those fans wanting to see the League show up on film, since Cyborg has been a prominent member of the team in DC Comics since the publication of 2011’s Justice League #1, and will be another major DC character to appear in the film alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Alfred, and Lex Luthor. With the addition of Cyborg, the film will now feature four of the seven New 52 members of the team, with only the Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman missing.
Fisher is an actor with experience primarily in theater, last year appearing in the off-Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man, and will be making his feature film debut with his turn as Cyborg. It should also be noted that he recently tested for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, so with today’s announcement, we can pretty much assume that he won’t be heading to a galaxy far, far away. According to the Variety article, Fisher’s turn as Cyborg in the new film, while small, is expected to become much bigger as WB goes further down a path of development with their DC Comics properties:
Victor Stone or ‘Cyborg,’ while not a major part in the Batman-Superman feature, is a member of the Justice League and will become a much more significant role as Warner and D.C. develop more films related to the Justice League universe, sources confirm.
As for Cyborg himself, the character made his first appearance in DC Comics Presents #26 by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, eventually becoming one of the most prominent members of that creative team’s lineup in their legendary run on New Teen Titans throughout the 1980s. He’s been featured in many iterations of that team, also becoming a member of the Outsiders and as a minor Justice League member before DC’s New 52 relaunch. With the relaunch, Cyborg replaced the Martian Manhunter as a charter member of the team, and has been featured prominently in DC Comics since then, also appearing as a founding member in the Justice League: War animated film (an adaptation of the first League story in the New 52).
Superman himself, Henry Cavill, publicly stated on the home media release for Man of Steel that Cyborg would be a great addition to the world created in that film. He said, “I think he would create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity.”
This news will certainly lead fans and commentators to believe that Zack Snyder, David Goyer, and Chris Terrio are laying the groundwork for some kind of team-up venture with the Justice League. Warner Bros. haven’t made an official comment as of yet, but given recent comments made by David Goyer on the subject of building a universe, this seems to be indicative of far more planning than the Man of Steel screenwriter had let on.
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