It’s kind of hard to detract attention from yourself when 90% of your body is made of machine. To ward off potential criticizers of future movies, DC Studios went deep into Cyborg’s comic book roots and gave Cyborg a civilian outfit.
While Cyborg has gotten maybe 60 seconds of screen time in the new cinematic universe, it was our first look at a live action Cyborg. If that doesn’t give you enough reasons to be excited, you’re most likely a Marvel fan who thinks that hating competitor brands somehow makes yours better. The inclusion of Cyborg in the Justice League was phenomenal because it gives us confidence in Warner Brothers trying to give its fans an accurate portrayal of their hard hitters together on screen.
They searched far and wide for the perfect person to portray the character and found a gem on Broadway. The casting turned heads to people paying attention to the stage and was an afterthought to most of us used to watching movies on a screen.
The gem in question, Ray Fisher, didn’t even have representation when he was being scouted by Warner Brothers for the role. Ray Fisher commented on how he got the role and his enthusiasm for the Batman/Superman universe:
“I was in a play off Broadway playing Muhammad Ali at the New York Theater Workshop about three years ago now. Around the time, I’d seen [Ang Lee], one of his upcoming projects was a 3D boxing movie about Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, He came to see the show at that point in time and I hadn’t had an agent or a manager up until that point, but once people caught word of that and started coming to the show to see who is this guy that this person’s coming to look at. From there I signed up and went out to California for a visit and met up with Gordon Kennedy and Christie Carlson of Warner Bros., and they said, we have something that may be right for you. We can’t tell you what it is. It’s just in the realm of the Batman/Superman universe. I was like, “All right, I’m done. Sign me up. I said, ‘I’ll play a tree.'”
“From there ended up putting something on tape for Zach Halls in New York and we went out to Detroit and tested and it just sort of fell in to place,” Fisher added. “It moved very, very quickly and I’m extremely grateful that it happened the way that it did, coming up in the theater, grinding for 10 years, trying to make the ends meet. It was a pretty sweet payoff.”
As for his civilian outfit to be included in Justice League, it’s mean to give us an insight into Victor Stone’s humanity and how he deals with the tiny part of him still human. As for the external insight, Micheal Wilkinson (costume designer for WB) has all the details:
“Practical [effects] would be this, the face is Ray Fisher,” Wilkinson said while pointing out “empty” spaces in the costume. “We see him a lot also as a civilian. You can see the here at the top is how he disguises himself in the world. We’ll see some sweatsuit action.”
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