Much of what we've heard about the upcoming DC movies from Bryan Cranston being Lex Luthor (ok, really?), the "released" movie schedule (we don't know if it's true!), to Dwayne Johnson being Shazam (what the heck were you guys thinking?!) is speculation. Lex Luthor we now know to be Jesse Eisenburg (good choice) and The Rock as Black Adam (mind-blowing choice!).
Yet amongst all of those, one rumor that stood out to me was the supposed casting of Ray Fisher as Cyborg. I immediately looked this guy up and an image of Martian Manhunter popped in my mind.
If true, not only would Justice League be the first time we see DC's celebrated superhero team united for the first time on the big screen, but it would also be the first time we see Martian Manhunter on the silver screen. Remember "reports" have indicated that Fisher will play Cyborg. Warner Bros. has not confirmed anything yet, even Jason Momoa playing Aquaman. I'll have you know mirroring reports said Cranston was going to play Luthor and Billy Zane to portray Lex Luthor.
Again let me reiterate:
Nothing in terms of recent casting, story, or movie lineup has been confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC, who should be considered the ultimate authority when determining these things. The exception has been Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor and The Rock as Black Adam. Lots of "leaks" also said various other actors, including Joe Manganiello, were in the hunt or confirmed to play Batman before Ben Affleck signed on. The same for Wonder Woman and others. Take everything with a grain of salt.
But let's pretend, for article's sake, that Ray Fisher has indeed been cast to play a hero, just not Cyborg.
Here are my reasons that Ray Fisher will indeed play Martian Manhunter:
1. David S. Goyer Wants it to Happen!
In a recent interview (and by recent, I mean four or five months ago) Goyer outlined his desire to have J'onn J'onzz depicted on the big screen:
“Well, he hasn’t been rebooted but he’s a mainstay in the Justice League. He can’t be f***ing called the Martian Manhunter because that’s goofy. He can be called Manhunter… The whole deal with Martian Manhunter is he’s an alien living amongst us… So he comes down to Earth and decides, unlike Superman who already exists in the world now, that he’s just going to be a homicide detective… So instead of using super-powers and mind-reading and like, oh, I could figure out if the President’s lying or whatever, he just decides to disguise himself as a human homicide detective. Dare to dream!”
While I disagree about him not using his powers even in a limited capacity in human form, it goes to show that DC is considering adapting Manhunter to the movies. If not a solo movie, at least to appear in all the Justice League movies.
Ray Fisher would add a certain gravitas and intensity that J'onn needs. Which leads to my next point:
2. Ray Fisher has the chops to play him!
From what I've read, Ray Fisher is a great dramatic actor. The above scene is from "Fetch Clay, Make Man." An off-Broadway production in which he starred as Muhammad Ali. Obviously, he buffed up a bit to portray Ali. Martian Manhunter, like all superheroes, need to appear strong, so Fisher has got it down pat. But as always he can get bigger.
But back to acting chops. Martian Manhunter is a very serious character. Being a stage actor, Fisher will bring the gravitas needed to properly honor the character J'onn J'onzz deserves.
3. It makes more sense!
Having Martian Manhunter appear as a founding member of the Justice League would be a competitive step by DC to introducing more African-American actors in more prominent superhero roles. PLUS it would reintroduce an entire generation of young and old viewers to a character with impressive powers and a rich back-story that could be delved into with great detail with a movie or adequate characterization in a Justice League movie(s).
With new advances in CGI footage Martian Manhunter could very much appeal to the 30 and below age group, a core audience for modern movie marketers. If Warner Bros. wants to introduce Cyborg, it should be in a later movie Justice League 2 or so it is indeed true that Ray Fisher has been cast, I hope it has been with a mind toward my favorite Martian J'onn J'onzz.
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