Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher aren't just excited to play superheroes in Justice League, but also to bring some much needed diversity to the genre. When Justice League hits theaters next month, it will break ground for bringing some of DC Comics' biggest heroes to theaters in one film. It will also serve as the launching point for new stories involving the varied cast of characters in the blockbuster.
When Aquaman and Cyborg arrive in theaters in 2018 and 2020, respectively, they'll do so as some of the only superhero films to be headlined by people of color. First up, however, they'll both make their proper debut in Justice League after being teased in last year's Batman V Superman. Not only will the team-up do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to establishing the backstory of the two heroes, but it will help bring some new voices and perspectives into the world of superhero movies.
Thanks to Empire (via CBM), we have some more insight into how Momoa and Fisher view their roles in Justice League. As part of the magazine's cover story on the film, the Aquaman and Cyborg actors revealed how excited they are to add more representation to superhero films. For Fisher, the prospect is a multi-faceted one:
"DC's going to be changing the name to Diversity Comics pretty soon...You're dealing with the only member of the Justice League who is African-American. You're dealing with the only member of the Justice League who is in some ways what some would consider disabled. You don't want to end up telling a story that isn't respectful of those factors. But he's going to be cool as hell."
While Cyborg isn't typically thought of as a disabled character, he certainly fits the bill. Fantastical though he may be, he's essentially an extreme example of a multiple amputee who uses cybernetics to replace their missing limbs. And though Cyborg's tech is seemingly an upgrade, giving him new abilities, Fisher is right that the character may offer disable fans someone to see themselves in.
For Momoa, the challenge was equally as interesting. When he was first announced in the role, many bristled at the change of race for Arthur Curry. Of course, Aquaman's race has never been a factor in his characterization and Momoa has already impressed fans from the brief glimpses they've seen. And now, he gets to bring an entirely new perspective to a character whose lore and culture is tied to the ocean.
"He's white with blond hair. But Zack had a vision. The fact that Aquaman is a brown-skinned superhero, I'm pretty stoked about that. I love being able to set the tone."
Like Wonder Woman and next year's Black Panther, Aquaman and Cyborg in both their solo movies and Justice League will allow a new generation of superhero fans to see themselves on the big screen.
Source: Empire (via CBM)