After Suicide Squad went all in with the new character introductions, the upcoming Justice League won't let us down either. The DCEU's big showdown is set to bring Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg to the big screen, on top of giving us more of Batman and Wonder Woman in action.
Four of them already have their own solo movies scheduled, but the last two members of the League — Aquaman and Cyborg — are still relatively unknown in the cinematic equivalent of the DC Universe. While we certainly won't be able to forget Arthur Curry's first appearance in the Justice League Comic-Con footage — and Bruce's brilliant line "I hear you can talk to fish" — we barely got a glimpse of Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg.
Watch our trailer breakdown below, and read on for everything you need to know about this half man, half machine:
Cyborg's Had A Tough Start As A Superhero
Cyborg's origin story in the comics has been reestablished as part of DC's New 52 revamp, so we don't have the terrible version where his parents experimented on him as a child anymore. Still, he didn't have a blast growing up: He excelled at sports, but just couldn't seem to get his father's attention.
After a particularly important game, he turned up at the S.T.A.R. lab where his father worked and confronted him about his absence, but his father showed no intention of ever changing that behavior. Unfortunately, Mr. Stone was currently working on a Mother Box, a sort of supercomputer used by the gods of New Genesis that arrived on Earth during Superman's battle against the Parademons. The Box explodes, killing most of the research team and injuring Victor so badly that his father desperately tries to save him by grafting mechanical pieces to his body. Paradoxically, the Box also feeds into Cyborg's energy and powers.
Far from bringing father and son together, however, this event further feeds into Victor's resentment, as he considers himself so horribly disfigured that he thinks he's beyond saving.
The Justice League Gives Cyborg Purpose
This loneliness and longing for a mentor fuels Cyborg's motivation to become part of the Justice League, not quite unlike the DCEU's version of the Flash — who accepts Bruce Wayne's invitation right away because he wants friends. Being part of the team gives him a purpose as Cyborg, as his new abilities give him the required power to fight among the likes of Wonder Woman.
But it's probably the Flash who's his most important ally — even a friend. Judging from the tidbits we've heard about Justice League, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher are pretty much inseparable, which hints at how important their characters will be in each other's development. Barry Allen also knows how to lighten the mood, and we couldn't wish for a better balance for the brooding Victor Stone. Especially when Batman would be such a bad influence.
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Cyborg Walks A Fine Line Between Man And Machine
As a cyborg, Victor can connect to other machines, essentially making him one of the world's most powerful hackers. He can undergo upgrades as well, constantly improving his skills and abilities. On the other hand, the mechanical half of his body also represents a greater risk in battle: If the machine crashes, he's completely incapacitated.
Him being a cyborg also ties in with the Darkseid plot we're starting to see emerge in the DCEU: Zack Snyder already alluded to the Anti-Life Equation, a mathematical formula used in the comics by Darkseid to reprogram minds and make people abandon their free will. If a program is the weapon, Cyborg could be the only one to fight it — or he might risk being used by Darkseid to propagate the equation.
Beyond these technicalities, however, the merge of his human side with high-functioning metal parts pushes Victor to question his own humanity. He's constantly fighting a battle against his robot self, afraid to be taken over by the machine. His identity crisis is furthermore fueled by his father's passion for the cyborg's performance, suggesting upgrades but still not fully understanding his role as a father — which could remind you of the pre-New 52 origin in which Mr. Stone viewed his son as some sort of science experiment.
DC Comics president and writer Geoff Johns summed up Cyborg's appeal in an interview ahead of the New 52 relaunch:
"He's a character I really see as the modern-day, 21st-century superhero. He represents all of us in a lot of ways. If we have a cellphone and we're texting on it, we are a cyborg — that's what a cyborg is, using technology as an extension of ourselves."
Justice League is set for release on November 17, 2017.
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[Source: USA Today]