Though they have not yet commented officially on the matter, Warner Bros. looks to have raised the stakes for the movie that will eventually be formerly known as Batman vs. Superman by adding Vic Stone or Cyborg, founding member of the original Teen Titans and the New 52 Justice League.
After testing actors over the past couple of weeks, Warner Bros. and DC have tapped theater actor Ray Fisher for the role of Cyborg in the untitled Batman-Superman pic.
Victor Stone or Cyborg, while not a major part in the Batman-Superman feature, is a member of the Justice League, and the role will become much more significant role as Warner and DC develop more films related to the Justice League universe, sources confirm.
Fisher is a relative unknown, so unknown, in fact, that his Wikipedia article was created yesterday. His previous credits include a 2008 short film and stints with New York and New Jersey theater groups, notably, for the purposes of a superhero film, anyway, including a turn as a young Muhammad Ali which required months of physical training. He’s also, so far, the youngest member of the cast, which is perhaps fitting, given Cyborg’s origin as a Teen Titans character.
Variety also notes, for presumed significance, a moment in the special features of Man of Steel in which Henry Cavil speaks of the potential of the character of Cyborg to “create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity.” Victor’s advanced protheses were forced on him by his scientist father after an accident with (what else) an experimental dimensional portal resulted in the death of his scientist mother and severe injuries to Victor himself. Cyborg’s relationship with his implants and prostheses, the source of his superpowers, was often a difficult one. Although they allowed him to be a hero, they often caused people to react to his appearance with shock or fear.
Cyborg is said to have a smaller role in the film, much in the same way that Wonder Woman was when her addition to the movie was announced, and much like Wonder Woman, it’s unclear whether this means Warner Bros. really is pushing to a Justice League movie, or merely to a movie where Batman and Superman meet and then we are given hints of a Justice League movie to come. But either way, it’s nice to see a superhero of color make it into the mix. We will undoubtedly (ok, hopefully) know more by the close of this summer’s San Diego Comic Con.