With the cat thoroughly out of the bag for Warner Bros. and DC Comics' upcoming slate of Justice League films, getting their shared universe off the ground in a matter of years, it appears the veil of silence surrounding the actors cast is beginning to lift. Just as Jason Momoa has offered his first comments on playing Aquaman, Ray Fisher - long-reported to have landed the role of Vic Stone a.k.a. Cyborg - has finally offered some insight into his own casting. Including his impressions from the set of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In an interview with EW, Fisher claims that he was just as surprised as the fans when DC and WB rolled out their full movie schedule. While the actor had jumped at the chance to cameo in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman - and cross his fingers for what the future may hold - the reveal of not just two Justice League movies but a solo film of his own in 2020 - was news to him:
"I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character. When I signed on, I just wanted to be part of this world. But that specific information, I found out then and there. I didn’t think I’d be getting my own stand-alone film.
"I’m a long-game player and didn’t see any of this happening until at least my 40s. It’s a huge honor, but a bit of pressure comes along with it. My mind is just boggled right now."
It's not hard to grasp why the young actor (having recently bulked up to portray Muhammad Ali on stage) was taken aback, suddenly playing a pivotal role (if Henry Cavill's thoughts on Cyborg are anything to go by) in not just the blockbuster Justice League universe, but meeting with director Ang Lee for another boxing role. But for the foreseeable future, it's a role as Cyborg that has the New Jersey-born actor counting his blessings.
Even though Fisher's role as Stone in Dawn of Justice has already been completed (having been filmed back in July), it was only days ago that his involvement was made public. But having already worked or met with Zack Snyder's Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Fisher's description of the set should be encouraging for fans:
"I met everyone in the Justice League except Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller. It was surreal. You get this idea of going to work on a Hollywood set as being really stressful and nerve-wracking. But it blew that stereotype away. If they did have stressful times, it wasn’t while I was there.
"Let me tell you, man... people are in for a hell of a treat."
Though his role in Dawn of Justice may be a small one (Snyder has his hands full with the existing heroes), it's comforting to hear that the mood on set is a positive one. With a collection of actors and actresses in high demand now expected to work together on several films in the coming years, an absence of stress is certainly a positive. And that may be one more reason why Warner Bros. has placed the task of introducing these characters - and the people playing them - firmly in the hands of Zack Snyder.
Given the director's love of the DC Comics heroes he's now entrusted with, one would hope that the thrill of living a dream come true (pressure and responsibility aside) would be contagious. Now that Affleck has praised both Snyder and the studio, with Jason Momoa calling him "a genius," it's becoming clear that Warner Bros. aren't the only one who feel confident in Snyder's vision.
What do you make of Fisher's claims? Are you happy to hear that the mood on set isn't weighed down by the pressures of launching a Justice League universe? Or do you still have your doubts about parts of the plan? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on May 6, 2016. Cyborg is scheduled for release on April 3, 2020.
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