When Justice League properly introduces movie audiences to Cyborg, we will see how the character’s resentment towards his father plays into the hero’s origin. In just a few months, Justice League will hit theaters and feature a disparate group of heroes coming together to face a global threat. As marketing continues for the new film, we’ve been treated to new posters and plenty of insight into the film’s production. Rumors have abounded about the state of the film, but no one can argue that DC fans are excited to see a number of their favorite characters realized on the big screen.
Though Batman v Superman teased many of the heroes and supporting characters that will appear in this year’s team-up, Justice League will be give fans their first real look at Cyborg and his father Silas Stone. Given that a solo Cyborg movie is still on the books for 2020, there’s no telling how much of the character’s backstory will be told in Justice League. Still, a certain amount of context will be required to establish the unique character that is Victor Stone, aka Cyborg.
CBM sat down with actor Joe Morton, who plays Silas Stone in Justice League, and learned a little more about his character and the relationship that he will have with Cyborg. A key part of that will be the young man’s resentment towards his father, who both saved him and condemned him to a life of isolation:
“Yeah, some of that still exists in the film where Victor sort of feels like, ’yes you saved my life, but look what you made me look like. I can’t go out and be a regular person.’ He has no alias, nothing to hide behind. So what I think is great about that idea is you begin, in a metaphoric way, sort of talking about what it means to be “the other” in society. Even if you have something tremendous to contribute to society, the first thing that most social situations will do is ostracize you because you look different because they don’t know who or what you are. So I think that’s a big deal in this film for that character, and for Silas, and makes for interesting film making.”
Cyborg’s origin has changed a bit in the comics, with the New 52 take on the character set to feature in Justice League. Still, the broad strokes have remained the same. Victor is a football player whose father Silas is a scientist who works S.T.A.R. Labs. When Victor comes to visit his father during a test of a Mother Box, an accident causes Victor to be critically injured, with much of his body damaged. His father is able to use experimental procedures to save his life, giving Victor a permanent cybernetic body and connections to the power of the Mother Box. Even before the accident, however, the two had a contentious relationship given their different lifestyles.
Though young like Barry Allen, Cyborg has a very different outlook than the hyper-fast hero. The character’s dour personality and dark past may have been too dark even, as Morton previously indicated that Cyborg in Justice League is being ‘adjusted’, as part of the film’s reshoots. With that in mind, Morton was also asked about the fate of Cyborg the movie and whether things are still on track:
“As far as I know it is still happening. I believe, although I’m not entirely sure, that it should start sometime around 2020. That seems to be a wonderful metaphoric year for these Cyborgs.”
Cyborg the film is currently slated to hit theaters in 2020, but there’s certainly a chance that will change over the next few years. The film will need to begin production in 2019 to hit its 2020 release date. Of course, the release dates for DC Extended Universe movies have changed in the past , so anything is possible. For now though, Justice League will hopefully give Cyborg fans plenty to enjoy.
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