Cyborg Superman vs Thor
Just when it seemed like Zack Snyder’s upcoming couldn’t surprise comic book fans any more than it already has, yet another bombshell has dropped. Reports are now claiming that stage actor Ray Fisher has been signed to appear as DC superhero Cyborg in the upcoming film, already introducing big screen adaptations of Batman, Wonder Woman, and potentially several more unannounced comic book characters.
While the actor’s resume may be a short one to movie fans, Variety reports that he has landed the role after weeks of testing. Besides confirming earlier reports that Snyder and co. were on the hunt for an African-American actor in his ’20s (a description all comic fans took as a clear indication Cyborg could be introduced for future films, given his integral role in the Justice League), Fisher’s casting confirms his status as an up-and-comer – having recently auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII as well.
The casting comes as somewhat of a surprise given the relative calm and silence surrounding the film’s actual production or story, with director Zack Snyder warning that official reveals and details may still be a long way off. However, if Warner Bros. and DC want to start building towards a Justice League team-up (as seems to be the case), then the pivotal role played by Cyborg in The New 52 origin implied his presence at some point.
We went into great detail explaining the problems – and promise – of introducing Cyborg when Henry Cavill hinted that the character was one he would like to see adapted to film next. If there were any doubt that WB was intentionally dropping these fan tidbits to gauge or build interest in their second-tier heroes, today’s casting should take care of it once and for all. For the record, here are Cavill’s thoughts on the matter:
“Cyborg I think would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way to Batman. So I don’t know where he’s going to come in or if he’s going to come in, but that’s one I’m particularly excited about. Other references I’m not too sure on, but we’ll see where those lead. Those with keen eyes will see them.”