Over the past couple years, DC Films has announced a development slate remarkable both for how full it is and for how little of it seems to be making any discernible progress. The typical pattern has been to announce a film to much fanfare, only for that project to completely disappear from the public’s radar. This, one suspects, is partly because they were waiting to see how ‘Justice League‘ went over before committing to firmly to any one approach, especially after the critical drubbings that both ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad‘ were subjected to.
Of course, now that ‘Justice League’ has arrived, the studio seems no more certain of their plans than they were a year ago. Understandable, given the film’s underwhelming box office performance and lukewarm critical reception. If anything, it’s clear that they’re in the midst of some sort of course correction, but for the moment at least it’s far too soon to say with any certainty what form that might take.
Indeed, with the notable exceptions of ‘Wonder Woman 2’ (the original having been the DCEU’s only unambiguous success story), ‘Aquaman’ (which has already wrapped filming), and ‘Flashpoint’ (which, if push comes to shove, they can use as a two hour reset button), there has instead been an increasing amount of speculation as to whether or not many of the announced films will even be made.
One such project is ‘Cyborg’, a solo film centered on Ray Fisher’s titular, well, cyborg. While Cyborg, who made his cinematic debut in ‘Justice League’, went over fairly well with fans, his solo venture is subject to the same uncertainty that plagues the rest of the DC lineup. But if the project is in jeopardy, no one’s told Joe Morton, who played the character’s father in ‘Justice League’.
Speaking to ET, Morton confirmed (as best as he was able) the status of the film and shared his enthusiasm for the project:
“From what I understand, there will be a Cyborg movie. It will be about him and I, and about the family that he came from, how he becomes the Cyborg, et cetera. But from whence he came, as well. I think it’s very exciting. I think it’s exciting because there aren’t that many, if any, black superheroes, and in his case in particular, because there is no alias, because there is nothing for him to hide behind, and that he has to be who he is all the time. I think it’s a great kind of allegory for what it means to be black in this country.”
‘Justice League’ was directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon. The film stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, and J.K. Simmons.