Ray Fisher talks about the possibility of making a Cyborg standalone movie, saying that it may cost around $200 million considering all the VFX work needed in the film. It's no secret that Cyborg's Justice League story was significantly changed after Joss Whedon took over reshoots from director Zack Snyder. Instead of exploring Victor Stone's life before being cybernetically reconstructed - which includes his football career, as well as his relationship with both his mom and his dad - the ensemble film barely tackled his origin story. And whatever was revealed in the movie was done by exposition rather than actually showing previously filmed sequences. Considering his ties to the Mother Boxes, he was a used as a plot device more than anything.
However, fans were given hope that they'll know more about him when Joe Morton (Silas Stone) confirmed a Cyborg solo movie is still in the DCEU cards and implied that some of the hero's deleted scenes in Justice League might eventually end up in his standalone. Despite this, Fisher maintains that he's not aware of any plans about his solo superhero flick.
Appearing at a panel during Heroes & Villain Fan Fest (via ComicBook) over the weekend, Fisher talked about the chances of seeing him suited up as Cyborg in his own solo adventure. Rather than giving any false hope the project is coming, the 31-year-old candidly opened up about the factors that may be hindering the film to push through, specifically money-wise.
"I don't know. I can't comment on that specifically, because they don't tell me anything until the very last minute. There's a ton of people making those kind of decisions behind the scenes. And it would be a very, very costly movie to make because it is so CGI heavy with Cyborg, because I'm the only member of the League that's not in a practical costume. You're going to be looking at $200 million just to make it. So it's one of those things you have to take into consideration. It's a numbers game for some people at the end of the day."
Despite Fisher's realistic way of thinking, that doesn't mean he's already giving up on the possibility a Cyborg standalone will come to fruition. He remains optimistic about it and urges fans to continue campaigning for the movie. "If we keep making noise, it can happen. It's about what the people want. And that's what people understand, that's what they recognize," the actor said. Additionally, while there are no concrete plans for his headlining project, he revealed last month that Fisher is not abandoning the DC role.
If Warner Bros. decided to skip a Cyborg standalone, he'll be the only original member of the Justice League that won't have a solo film. Both Superman and Wonder Woman have had their first films (with Wonder Woman 1984 in production), and Aquaman arriving later this year, while the Flash's and Batman's individual adventures are in development and could hit theaters by 2020. Admittedly, out of the six DC characters, Cyborg has the least fanfare, which could be a factor when it comes to people's interest in seeing his solo film. But if there's anything that the MCU has proven, lesser-known comic book heroes can be hotshot film characters if given the right story. The fact that Cyborg's mythos hasn't really been explored on the big screen gives Warner Bros. the creative freedom to create his own story without the burden of being compared to other movie iterations of the character.
Source: Heroes & Villain Fan Fest (via ComicBook)
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