Henry Cavill might begin to feel squeezed out of his own ‘Man of Steel’ sequel. First, Ben Affleck grew heated response when he was announced to play the new Batman. Then ‘Fast & The Furious’ actress Gal Gadot won the hotly contested role of Wonder Woman. In addition, there have been rumblings that Green Lantern and The Flash may appear and even possibly the Martian Manhunter. Those last three have not been officially confirmed (or denied) but it sounds as if another character has!
Variety has reported that stage actor Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg/Vic Stone. In the comics, Cyborg was co-created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez as a member of the ‘New Teen Titans’ in 1980. The character was adapted to the Saturday morning animated series ‘The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians’ which was essentially a cartoon version of ‘The Justice League’, although the character never actually served as a member of the “Big League” until more recent years and when DC relaunched its comic line, they inserted Cyborg in as a founding member of the Justice League and his origin was tied to their formation.
In ‘Man of Steel’, S.T.A.R. Labs, the research facility where Vic Stone’s father Silas works and where he crafted Vic’s cybernetic appendages, appeared briefly in the background and Henry Cavill himself expressed a desire for the half-man, half-robot hero to join the movie franchise.
Of course despite the fact most everyone is referring to this movie as ‘Batman Vs. Superman’, the official name has yet to be confirmed. Could this latest casting be just the latest step toward this actually turning out to be a ‘Justice League’ movie?
Maybe, maybe not. Variety, while announcing the addition of Cyborg/Ray Fisher, also indicated that the character did not have a large role in this particular movie. Even so, his inclusion clearly builds toward a ‘Justice League’ movie.
The movie is directed by Zack Snyder, based on a script by David S. Goyer. Other stars include Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and returning actors Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Marha Kent and Lawrence Fishburn as Perry White. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder and is scheduled to open on May 6, 2016.
What do you think? Are you excited by the inclusion of Cyborg? Or is this movie getting too bloated for its own good?