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Man of Steel star Henry Cavill continues to dish out interesting asides as part of the DVD extras that fans are coming through. Sites picked up and ran with his opinions on Ben Affleck as Batman (spoiler alert – he thinks Affleck will be great). And in this revealing interview shared on Warner’s UK YouTube page, the new Superman hints at other DC Universe heroes who might be pulled in to an eventual Justice League movie thanks, in part, to Easter eggs buried in Zack Snyder’s film.
We already knew about the obvious nods to Wayne Enterprises and LexCorp, with Batman’s corporate trademark resting on the side of a satellite. But eagle-eye Man of Steel viewers probably picked up on the inclusion of S.T.A.R. Labs, referenced by Dr. Emil Hamilton (Richard Schiff). And if you are up to date on your DC knowledge, you know that it means Cyborg is a very strong possibility. In the above clip, Cavill even says that Cyborg could be "an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way than 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."
If Cavill’s mentioning Cyborg in official interviews, you can bet the character is being bandied about in DC executive meetings. So, who is he? The character has been around since 1980, created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez as a member of the Teen Titans. During the 2011 reboot of DC’s universe, though, Cyborg received a "promotion" of sorts. He was established as a founding member of the Justice League, and now plays a more prominent role in DC’s timeline. (He’s also a kick-ass character in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us).
This video nails his origins, and where Cyborg fits into the reboot:
What’s interesting is that, when fans talk about a Justice League movie, they mention the need to factor in Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash… classic JLA heroes who were important pieces of our childhood. Cyborg rarely is mentioned, though he should be in the mix, as he’s important to a new generation of DC readers. And if Cavill is tipping his hand to future developments, Lex Luthor and Cyborg could be parts (large and small) of the as-yet-untitled Batman-Superman movie. Good idea?