With an unusually conservative runtime of just under two hours, Justice League had to cut a number of scenes - including a flashback to Cyborg's old life. While audiences are quite familiar with the DCEU's take on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, Justice League was able to focus a bit more on the genesis of its other heroes. When it comes to The Flash and Aquaman, most fans of pop culture understand the basics. Still, the film needed to fill in some of their backstory and introduce the updated take on the Leaguers. Cyborg, meanwhile, needed even more of a spotlight.
While fans of the Teen Titans animated series will get the gist of Cyborg, the film version is much more closer to the somber hero from the New 52 run in the comics. There, Victor Stone nearly dies in his father's S.T.A.R. Labs accident and ends up bonding with the alien Mother Box the elder Stone was studying. The result sees the birth of Cyborg and Justice League hints that all of these events occurred. As a result, he has quite a contentious relationship with his father. What we don't see, however, is Victor before his evolution.
GameSpot spoke with the cast of Justice League about the various scenes that were cut from the film, and it turns out a look at Cyborg's past had to be removed. Word is that Warner Bros. wanted Justice League under two hours, and that short runtime for a superhero team-up left plenty on the cutting room floor. As Cyborg actor Ray Fisher explains, one moment in particular carried some emotional weight for his character.
"There were some things that you'll probably end up seeing later on, that didn't make it into this version of the film. There's a scene with Victor Stone, when he still was Victor Stone, and his mother, that was really special to shoot."
As Fisher alludes, the proposed Cyborg film set to arrive in 2020 will be a chance to further explore the new and old versions of Victor Stone. Given his everyman status, Vic would provide the DCEU with a more grounded story - albeit one with a superhero who's augmented by alien tech.
Though Justice League may have been light on Cyborg backstory, it did offer some teases of the character's complex dynamic with his father. And as Fisher explains, the evolution of their relationship is far from over.
"What is great about this film going forward is you'll be able to see him rebuild himself mentally the same way that his father rebuilt him physically. And it's a process that's going to take time."
From all the trailers and TV spots for Justice League, it's clear plenty of material didn't make it into the final cut of the film. Whether a result of Joss Whedon's reshoots or the studio mandate to keep things short, we may never know. There's a good chance, however, that a number of the scenes will end up on the home video release for Justice League. We may even get an extended director's cut from Zack Snyder, something the Justice League filmmaker is fond of.
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