Thursday, April 24, 2014

SUPERMAN/BATMAN Movie Casts Ray Fisher as Cyborg

At this point, Warner Bros. should probably just call this movie Justice League: Origin.

Variety has just announced that theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg/Victor Stone in Zack Snyder's still-untitled Man of Steel sequel often referred to as "Batman vs. Superman."  Having previously tested for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII, Fisher joins a cast that includes returning Superman Henry Cavill, new Batman Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons.

According to the article, Cyborg isn't a major part in the Superman/Batman movie, but as a current member of the Justice League in comics, the role will become more significant as Warner Brothers and DC Comics develop more films connected to the Justice League universe.

The article also mentions that in a bonus feature on the recent Man of Steel home video release, Cavill remarked that Cyborg holds considerable promise as a character.  "I think he would create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity."

Created by Marv Wolfman and George P√©rez in 1980 in DC Comics Presents #26, Cyborg is a gifted young athlete who is gravely injured during an accident at S.T.A.R. Labs, where his scientist father Silas works.  Silas does everything he can to save Victor's life by grafting robotic prosthetics to replace his missing body parts, turning him into a cybernetic organism.  Originally gaining popularity as a member of The New Teen Titans, Cyborg became a founding member of the Justice League when DC Comics rebooted its fictional universe with the relaunch known as "The New 52."

Fisher will be the second actor to portray the character in live-action, after Lee Thompson Young appeared in several episodes of the CW television series Smallville.  Other actors, including Ernie Hudson, Khary Payton, Bumper Robinson, Michael B. Jordan and Shemar Moore, have voiced the character for various DC Universe animated projects.

Zack Snyder is directing from a script by David S. Goyer, based on a story by Goyer and Snyder.  Production is currently under way in Michigan with a current release date of May 6, 2016.

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