Ezra Miller isn’t the only Justice League member to hold a deep and abiding love for his on-screen hero; Ray Fisher, the relative newcomer who is poised to make his big-screen debut late next year, swung by Rhode Island Comic-Con this past weekend to discuss Zack Snyder’s superhero tentpole and, in particular, the character of Cyborg.
Unlike his costumed cohorts, there is still much we don’t know about Fisher’s rendition of Victor Stone going into Justice League – by comparison, fans have already clocked eyes on Bats, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and The Flash – but here, the actor dove a little deeper into his history with the character, even stating that, “I feel like I know him like the back of my hand.”
First up, Ray Fisher name-checked some of the shows and comics that introduced him to Cyborg, though it was only when Warner Bros. brought him on board for Justice League that Fisher stepped up his research.
“I actually grew up watching a lot of these cartoons – a lot of the animated series. Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, all the stuff that would come onto Cartoon Network. My first encounter with Cyborg was through the Teen Titans cartoon.” As for the impact that had on him at the time, Fisher added: “You know, I was in the middle of high school [when Teen Titans debuted], and I was like, ‘This show speaks to me’ because there were all of these characters going through these real teen issues while also saving the world. The extent of my knowledge was just about that.”
All in all, it seems as though fans can look forward to a Cyborg that is fairly faithful to the source material. Said Fisher: “Once I was cast, though, they send you a whole library of stuff about the character so I ended up being able to fall in love with the comic book version which can be very different. I feel like I know him like the back of my hand, but there’s always somebody who knows a little more than me about things.”
Justice League is currently earmarked for release on November 17, 2017. Although it was initially pitched as a two-part event film, Zack Snyder’s ensemble piece has now been folded into a single blockbuster experience, and it’ll be fascinating to see how it fares with audiences off the back of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. Indeed, the fact that those two bombed with critics prompted Warner Bros. to shake up its long-term plans for the DCEU, but will that overhaul yield the necessary results?