When Ray Fisher was cast as Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe, fans were excited to learn about the decision - but no one was more stoked than Fisher himself. The young actor has had a busy year shooting Justice League with his own superhero squad, and now Fisher is hinting at what fans can expect to see from the robotic hero when he hits the big screen.
This weekend, Fisher attended a special panel at Rhode Island Comic Con where he and Gal Gadot spoke about the DC Film roles. It was there that Fisher talked about his introduction to Cyborg and how his understanding of the character has changed since playing him.
“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,” Fisher told delighted fans. “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.”
However, the actor went on to say that the animated iteration of Cyborg would not necessarily be the one that makes it onto film.
“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,” he explained. “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.”
From what Fisher said, it looks like fans can expect Cyborg’s presence in the DCEU to be sourced straight from DC Comics. Fans of Teen Titans may lament the news, but comic book fans are excited to see how Cyborg’s darker origin may translate into live-action.
If you are not familiar with the character’s comic book origins, then you should know the boy was born as Victor Stone. His parents were scientists who worked to artificially enhance intelligence, and they experimented on their son to give him an outstanding IQ. However, the boy resents his parent’s treatment and rebels hard, putting him into direct contact with underage gangsters.
Victor receives his cybernetic enhancements after one of his parent’s experiments goes wrong. The incident kills his mother and prompts his father to give Victor experimental prosthetics which given him superhuman strength and other hi-tech gifts.
Later at the panel, Fisher went on to specifically describe how Victor will come off in Justice League. The actor said his character's "greatest trait is resilience. The guy has gone through a lot in terms of his physical and mental state. Imagine waking up one day and most of your body is metal."
"I think he represents...Borg Life, which is the ability to take the negative situations in you life and turn them into something positive to help other people. I think epitomizes that [idea]. I think we’ve got a lot of very, very interesting dynamics just laid throughout the entire film with all these characters. You know, you see so much - you see how similar they are and how different they can be at the same time. It’s beautiful to watch."
The DCEU continues with Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.