In all the excitement following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's release, fans are eagerly awaiting the rest of the movies Warner Brothers has planned for us. With Zack Snyder dropping hints right left and centre, we've got plenty to be excited for. Darkseid's entrance as the biggest of bads is one thing we're sure to see in Justice League Part One, but what is he planning?
We've had some clues about this and surprisingly, Cyborg has already been set up as the hero who could foil Darkseid's Anti-Life plan, thanks to his techopathy powers.
Cyborg had the longest cameo in Batman v Superman, at least as far as the surveillance footage is concerned. This cameo held vital hints for the future of the DCEU, as well as the plot of Justice League.
Mother Boxes & Rebirth
Cyborg's surveillance cameo presumably takes place just after his sports injury, as his father Dr Silas Stone fights to save his life. It's a very visceral, personal scene, revealing Cyborg's painful origins. And as Silas finally finds the solution to heal his son, we're treated to a very interesting DC reference which sets up Darkseid's plan.
The key to Victor's survival is alien technology, specifically Darkseid's Mother Boxes, as Zack Snyder confirmed to Entertainment Weekly.
"That’s the first glimpse of the Mother Box there. It was an agonizing birth. I really wanted to show Cyborg’s birth because I feel like he plays such a strong part coming up, and I really wanted to give a sense of him. I really want [the audience] to know how far he’s come."
We caught another glimpse of these Mother Boxes in the deleted scene 'Communion', which was later released online. In this scene we see Lex Luthor contacting Stepphenwolf, Darkseid's general, and the alien seems to be showing Lex how to build or use Mother Boxes.
So how did Silas Stone already have a Mother Box? Has Darkseid visited Earth before? This remains to be seen, but the Mother Boxes mean Cyborg's role in Justice League is not only interesting, it's of crucial importance to saving humanity from Darkseid's grand plan.
Resisting The Anti-Life Equation
In the aftermath of the deleted scene's release, Zack Snyder pretty much revealed in the Empire podcast that Darkseid's plan is to unleash the Anti-Life Equation on Earth, bending all creatures to his will.
"Maybe he exists, out in the universe somewhere. Maybe he's looking for something, something that's against life... I don't know."
The Anti-Life Equation is a mathematical proof which, if used correctly, can reprogram minds to forsake their free will.
It's been used in various different ways in the DC Comics, most recently in the Seven Soldiers: Mister Mirace series, where Darkseid used the internet to transmit this equation to Earth's inhabitants. Luckily, Oracle (Babara Gordon) managed to foil Darkseid's plan by shutting down the entire internet. It's possible that she could do the same in the Justice League movies: although Jena Malone was cast as Babs for Batman v Superman, her scenes were cut and will be included in the R-rated edition, leading some to speculate that she'll eventually become Oracle.
However, it seems more likely that Cyborg will be the one to foil Darkseid's plan. As a technopath, he can access the internet in a way no-one else can, and use his powers to control technology.
This might mean he's the only one able to resist Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation. Or, on the flip side, Cyborg's Mother Box technology could be used by Darkseid to transmit the Equation to the entire world.
"He is a 'technopath' which means he can just interface seamlessly with anything technological. His greatest weakness is actually trying not to succumb to the technology. Trying to stay human."
Ray Fisher summed up Cyborg's struggle with his humanity in the DC preview, and this statement is very interesting when we consider the Anti-Life Equation plot. Will Cyborg be able to harness his abilities to help defeat Darkseid? Or will he let go of his human side completely?
The possibilities are endless, but one thing's certain: Cyborg is already proving to be one of the most interesting characters in the DCEU.