It's no secret that superhero movies are everywhere, as the genre has proven to be massively popular and profitable over the past few years. While all eyes are on what Marvel brought to the table with The Russo Brothers' record breaking Avengers: Endgame, there's also some competition coming from the DC Extended Universe.
The DCEU has had some serious peaks and valleys since its inception, although things seem to be on the upswing with the release of Aquaman and Shazam! But it wasn't long ago when it seemed that all was lost, after the disappointing performance of Batman v Superman and Justice League. The latter introduced Ray Fisher's Cyborg to audiences, but the actor recently spoke to an aspect of the character's backstory that he wishes wasn't left out. As Fisher tells it:
Cyborg's future in the DC live-action universe is currently unclear, but comic book fans will no doubt agree with Ray Fisher's assessment regarding his character's treatment in Justice League. Because there was basically no mention of his mother Elinore Stone throughout the course of Zack Snyder's blockbuster.
Ray Fisher's comments come from his recent appearance at Wizard World Comic Con (via Reddit), and address Cyborg's typical comic book origin. Justice League caught up with Cyborg after his powers had already been granted, with the experiment his father Silas did on Victor only briefly mentioned. What's more, his mother Elinore was left out of the story, a decision that Fisher seems to take some umbrage with.
In the comics, the accident that causes Victor Stone to be transformed into Cyborg is also one that took his mother's life. So on top of Cyborg resenting his father Silas for taking his humanity away, their relationship is further fractured by the anger and guilt associated with Elinore's death. This backstory would help explain the sense of loneliness and bitterness that Cyborg was feeling in Justice League, and why he might have refused to join the team when first recruited by Diana Prince.
Ahead of Justice League's release, it was believed that each of the members of the team would be given their own solo flick down the line. This included a Cyborg movie, although it looks like Warner Bros. may have abandoned these plans. It's unclear if Ray Fisher will ever reprise his DC role, as the shared universe has pivoted away from serialized storytelling and onto capsulated, director-driven projects.
Shazam! is still in theaters now, and the next DC release will be Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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