Cyborg's tone was one of the things changed during the ongoing Justice League reshoots. The DC Extended Universe officially launched with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year -- a follow-up to the director's Man of Steel in 2013 -- and now the narrative that was established in that film will continue in the filmmaker's Justice League this fall. The film unites the world's finest heroes -- Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) -- for the first time on the big screen.
Although Snyder has shepherded the DCEU since the very beginning, working to establish Superman first before introducing the other major DC Comics character, he chose to step down from the director's chair earlier this year after suffering a personal tragedy. Before doing so, however, Snyder and Warner Bros. had brought on The Avengers director Joss Whedon to oversee post-production on the film, which includes helming the planned reshoots that are currently underway in London. It turns out, one part of those reshoots was focused on readjusting Victor Stone, aka Cyborg.
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Joe Morton, who plays Dr. Silas Stone (Victor Stone's father) in Justice League, recently told IGN that he had taken part in the ongoing reshoots in London, though they didn't change much with regard to his character. However, he says that some of the reshoots were focused on altering Fisher's character, Cyborg, particularly to lighten up his tone.
"Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don't know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that's what I heard. That's what I thought some of the reshoots were about."
The upcoming team-up movie has been undergoing reshoots since the start of the summer, and they should wrap relatively soon. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts with the principal cast, namely Cavill filming Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 6 simultaneously, the reshoots have reportedly cost the studio upwards of $25 million. From recent reports, the reshoots have focused mostly on new dialogue, and it seems that at least some of that has applied to Cyborg.
Aside from briefly discussing the ongoing reshoots, Morton also confirmed his reprisal as Dr. Stone in the currently planned solo Cyborg movie slated for 2020. He said returning for Cyborg's solo movie was "the deal" as far as he knows, and, "Silas will definitely be part of The Cyborg." It's unclear if the movie will actually be titled The Cyborg (just as the solo Batman movie is titled The Batman), though it makes sense since the character doesn't have an identifying name like Aquaman or Wonder Woman.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020