To general audiences, Cyborg may be less famous than Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash, but that's about to change when Justice League hits theaters on November 17th. In fact, Cyborg — whom Ray Fisher plays in the live-action DCEU, first appearing in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice — has been a fan-favorite character for years.
In the comics, Victor "Vic" Stone's parents used him as a test subject for various enhancement projects. He struggled for independence by rebelling against them and joining many teams (Justice League, Teen Titans, S.T.A.R. Labs). With Cyborg's status as founding member of the Justice League in the New 52 comic book continuity and in the new film, let's take a look at some surprising facts about him.
1. His Powers Go Far Beyond The Metallic Body
Aside from abilities such as extra strength, stamina and speed, Cyborg has some really cool technological powers that set him apart from our average heroes. As seen in Justice League: War, he can interface with almost any computer or piece of technology. This allows him to access data from almost anywhere. As the world relies on technology, there are cameras and microphones across the planet, which means that he doesn't just have x-ray vision — he has eyes and ears everywhere.
He also has the ability to make enhancements to his body, granting him additional powers as needed. In the comics, it's referred to as "assimilation," and we even get a glimpse of it in Justice League: War.
2. He Goes Back To 1980
Even many DC fans might assume that Cyborg is a newer character who hit the mainstream over the past few years. In fact, Cyborg first appeared in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980).
3. He Is A True Leader
In the New 52, Cyborg's origins were changed. Rather than being experimented on by his parents, he was established as a high school football player who gets mad with his dad, who misses what Vic considers to be the most important game of his life. Due to his athletic background, he had the teamwork and leadership skills to help form the Justice League. Batman definitely took charge, but when Bruce Wayne isn't around, Cyborg is comfortable taking the lead.
4. We Saw A Live-Action Cyborg Before The DCEU
First appearing in Smallville's Season 5, Episode 15, we observed a live-action Cyborg (played by Lee Thompson Young) deal with his insecurities and take on somewhat of a minor role in the show's Justice League. We can expect Cyborg to have a much larger role in the new film.
5. He's A Great Role Model
A common theme that writers like to explore with Cyborg is his insecurity. As we know today, media has a major impact on our self-esteem; Cyborg is no different, as the world has made him feel self-conscious. That's why Cyborg has been a perfect role model for self-reflection and self-acceptance.
Cyborg has shown us on multiple occasions that we can overcome our issues and do amazing things, and we can't wait to see what he brings to the big screen in Justice League!
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17th.