One of the characters who was most shortchanged in Justice League was, without a doubt, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. As DC fans have been bemoaning ever since the disappointing movie first hit theaters back November, many key scenes featuring Victor Stone that original director Zack Snyder shot were left on the cutting room floor when Joss Whedon stepped in and took over production.
In particular, there was much less about Victor’s past – including the car crash that left him near death and his subsequent transformation into a cyborg – than we’d been led to believe we’d see from the early trailers. And though some fans are still holding out hope for that much discussed solo Cyborg movie, it doesn’t sound like it’ll materialize anytime soon.
At least, that’s according to Ray Fisher. Speaking at the Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey over the weekend, the Justice League star admitted that he doesn’t know what’s happening with the project but he suspects that the reason for the delay is simply because it’s too costly to make.
“I don’t know. I can’t comment on that specifically, because they don’t tell me anything until the very last minute. There’s a ton of people making those kind of decisions behind the scenes. And it would be a very, very costly movie to make because it is so CGI heavy with Cyborg, because I’m the only member of the League that’s not in a practical costume. You’re going to be looking at $200 million just to make it. So it’s one of those things you have to take into consideration. It’s a numbers game for some people at the end of the day.”
With Justice League being the financial flop that it was, it’s hard to imagine WB rushing to produce a $200 million film featuring one of the League’s least well known members. At least, amongst the general moviegoing public. But does that mean Cyborg has no future in the franchise?
Well, one quick look at the Worlds of DC slate shows us a number of films, but none of them seem to have made room for Mr. Stone. And with Warner Bros. keeping quiet on their plans for the hero, all that fans can do at the moment is speculate on when they may see him again.
In the meantime, we can at least look forward to what appears to be a trio of promising releases for the studio, which begins with Aquaman on December 21st and will then continue in 2019 with both Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984. Beyond that? Well, we can’t say for sure, but let’s just hope that Warner Bros. finds somewhere to squeeze ol’ Cyborg in.