Justice League is set to hit theaters in a few months and many believe the fate of the DCEU is riding on the film. As of late, news coming from WB/DC has been a bit confusing to say the least. However, there's nothing confusing about DC's vision for Cyborg. As first reported by Comic Book, Fisher opened up about how his version of Cyborg is a more grounded character compared to his animated counterpart from #TeenTitans:
“He’s a very real and grounded character and that’s something I found very interesting to bring to the table."
Fisher's insight about the character being more grounded makes sense, as it falls in line with the overall tone that currently exist within the #DCEU. However, will a more grounded version of #Cyborg take away from some of the lighthearted nature fans of the animated show Teen Titans have come accustomed to? According to Fisher, in some ways it does. Fans who are looking to see the teenage version of the hero will have to stick to the animated series.
"I love the cartoon, but this is a different Cyborg, for a new era... I was a huge fan of that Cyborg growing up as a kid because that was when the original cartoon show was on, and Khary Payton is a master at what he does."
Fisher's comments (and the fact that Cyborg is a founder of the Justice League) points to DC Comics' New 52 version of the hero. Pre-Flashpoint Cyborg saw the character leave his old life behind after his father turned him into a machine and move to Hell's Kitchen, where he would late be recruited to join the Titans.
In the New 52 (Post-Flashpoint) version, Cyborg never joins the Titans. Instead, he's a founding member of the Justice League. Naturally, there would be a difference in a character who is being portrayed as a teenager surrounded by his peers versus a young, 20-something who is surrounded by older more mature heroes. However, is the revamped personality something fans want to see?
Do DC Fans Want To See More Grounded Superheroes?
If there's one thing we know about the DCEU is that it won't shy away from totally revamping a character — like it did with Clark Kent. In Man of Steel and BvS Clark was no longer the bumbling geek that was too clumsy to be Superman. Instead, we saw a dry, almost brooding version that was far away from other depictions of DC's greatest hero. In fact, Henry Cavil said the reason for the differences between his Clark and the clumsy Chris Reeves version was that he relied on his inconspicuous behavior to blend in instead sticking out like a klutzy sore thumb.
As a result, the fan reception wasn't all great. Maybe it was nostalgia or the fact that fans had multiple depictions of Clark to compare him to, like Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and the aforementioned legend Christopher Reeves. In Ray Fisher's case, he only he has a cartoon.
While Cyborg doesn't rely on a disguise or an alternate ego, Cyborg's connection to fans stems from his TV persona. To say that he's a more different, grounded version doesn't give much hope to fans who were wildly disappointed in Clark Kent's dull personality. Anyone hoping to see a young man in over his head as he teams with legendary heroes will have to rely on Ezra Miller's Flash. However, all hope is not lost, as Fisher did express that Victor Stone's catchphrase, "Booyah," will be uttered at some point.
Whether or not it'll be a forced line remains to be seen, but his catchphrase seems better reserved for a more animated version of the hero. Still, #JusticeLeague is relying heavy on Ray Fisher's Victor Stone. Back in March, Zack Snyder talked about Cyborg's story being central to the Justice League film.
"Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie."
It makes sense in a lot ways, since much of Cyborg's post-Flashpoint origin directly relates to Parademons — another promised feature in the upcoming Justice League movie. With that said, we'll just have to wait until November 17, 2017 to see the new and improved Cyborg.
Will this new, different version of Cyborg sit well with fans, or will it be another mistake by DC trying to make another hero into something he isn't? Leave a comment below.