Fans of the DC Extended Universe have been excited about the production of a Justice League movie for some time now, with little hints about what viewers can expect trickling through recent releases such as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio, the Justice League movie pulls together an all-star cast of talent to play an incredible roster of superheroes; some of which haven’t yet had the chance to shine on the big screen.
One of those in particular is Cyborg; played by Ray Fisher. Those who went to see Batman V Superman in theaters will have been introduced to the hero and Fisher’s portrayal, but only in a short scene that seemed rather fleeting. Now Fisher is offering up more information on how he’ll be playing Cyborg and his history with the character.
Speaking during Rhode Island Comic Con (via ComicBook) about his role, alongside Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, Fisher also explained how his perception of the character has changed.
“I actually grew up watching a lot of these cartoons – a lot of the animated series. Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, all the stuff that would come onto Cartoon Network. My first encounter with Cyborg was through the Teen Titans cartoon.”
“You know, I was in the middle of high school [when Teen Titans debuted], and I was like, ‘This show speaks to me’ because there were all of these characters going through these real teen issues while also saving the world. The extent of my knowledge was just about that.”
“Once I was cast, though, they send you a whole library of stuff about the character so I ended up being able to fall in love with the comic book version which can be very different. I feel like I know him like the back of my hand, but there’s always somebody who knows a little more than me about things.”
Fisher’s comments would suggest that we’re going to see a version of Cyborg that sticks closely to the ones fans have been reading in comic books since 1980. His dedication to the role has certainly been proven, with the actor hinting he’s been doing a lot of research into exactly how his character should be played.
This should be music to the ears of purists and mega fans of the DC franchise. Seeing a character brought to life on the big screen that rarely gets any attention is always an exciting prospect, and Cyborg has always been a hero that many have wanted to see in some form of live action again since his time in Smallville.
With all that being said, Fisher is going to have to do an incredible job of bringing Cyborg to life if he’s to win fans over completely. Everybody’s a critic nowadays, and all it takes is one bad scene or piece of dialogue to throw your entire work behind a performance away. It would be a shame to see DC take such a big risk with a relatively unknown hero for the general public and casual fans, just for it to fall flat.