Cyborg Confirmed As Third Motherbox In ‘Justice League’

Justice League

In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we were briefly introduced to the motherboxes, three devices that will be important to the DCEU’s overarching mythology, and which Justice League villain Steppenwolf is after, in service of the even bigger threat in this universe, Darkseid.

All three of these MacGuffins are already scattered across the Earth: one is with the Amazons, one with the Atlanteans and one with humankind. Well, it seems we just got confirmation on the exact location of one of those and who holds it (although it was pretty apparent if you know your comic book history).

In the latest issue of Total Film, it is confirmed that the third motherbox, the one designated for man, is what we saw Victor Stone’s father use to save his son’s life, thus turning him into Cyborg. Essentially, Cyborg is mankind’s motherbox, which makes him a crucial part of the story of the upcoming Justice League film.

In the BVS sequence where Wonder Woman was checking her email, we saw footage of Dr. Silas Stone in S.T.A.R. Labs trying to find a way to save his son Victor’s life after a terrible accident. With no other options, he resorts to using a mysterious device labeled “U.S. Gov Object 6-19-82,” which comes to life and begins repairing what’s left of Victor’s damaged body.

I’ve heard a lot of people make fun of this particular scene, saying it looked a little hokey or cheesy, but if I’m being honest this is the only one of the future Justice Leaguer cameos that played out exactly how I imagined it would going into the film. To hear people’s complaints, it just seemed to me that they had no idea just who Cyborg really was before this film.

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

Source: Total Film (via Reddit)

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).

  • David

    It’s mindboggling how bad the design work is on this character.

    • 12stepCornelius

      Its actually pretty good. Very alien and looks like tech straight from Apokolips.

      • Ha! Good one.

      • Scott McGregor

        Yeah, you’re entitled to your opinion even though you’re WRONG!!! It’s the best movie ever! MARTHA!!!

        • 12stepCornelius

          What a baseless comment.

  • Fenix

    The whole email attachments scene is just so poorly conceived and executed.

    • Kax

      Not really.

      • Scott McGregor

        No, really.

        • 12stepCornelius

          No, not really. Its the modern era. Data is typically shared via electronic devices. Bruce sent Diana her incriminating photo back to her along with other decrypted files from Luthor’s system dealing his secret research on metahumans. What could possibly be wrong with that?

          • Scott McGregor

            Well the movie in general sucked, so that part of it did too by extension.

          • 12stepCornelius

            What a baseless comment.

          • Scott McGregor

            Not at all baseless. It’s my opinion. It has just as much validity as yours.

          • 12stepCornelius

            No, its baseless. You had nothing else to say about the email scene in discussion, so instead answered like a child.

            “Well the movie in general sucked, so that part of it did too by extension.”

            By extension? Lol. So basically, you can’t formulate a reason why you think it sucked so you just fold under your own inability to think clearly and throw that garbage out as a valid response? I gave actual reasons why I thought the scene worked. You just caved and tried to validate your response as your “opinion”.

          • SAMURAI36

            Not sure what grade you flunked out of, but saying “it sucked” is perhaps the most unerudite thing a modern, anatomically correct human being could say.

  • Jacxon L Ryan

    I really liked the idea of WW seeing the others in an email, but the execution was a bit of a mess. Actually, the scene that I thought was pretty good with no issues was Cyborg. Now that scene in the store with The Flash and that awkward stare-down from Aquaman was just poorly executed.

    • Kax

      How were they poorly executed? You just want something to complain about.

      • Everyone complains about those scenes because they’re terrible. if you want to know why they’re bad, read one of the numerous reviews. Willful ignorance won’t somehow improve those issues.

    • Kelly

      I actually liked Flash’s clip the best. He took care of the store robber and was back to catch his milk before it hit the floor.

      • SAMURAI36

        Agreed. For me, it’s Flash first, then Aquaman (seeing his underwater burst of speed was phenomenal) then Cyborg. I liked the Cyborg scene, but something did feel a little off about it, in terms of the graphics for the Motherbox itself. I was hoping for it to have a bit more of a “New God” feel to it, rather than just a blank black box.
        No biggie though.

  • Daniel

    I thought the email reveal of the three JLers in BvS was a pretty brilliant narrative device for foreshadowing what was to come in JL in a logical way consistent with the story being told in BvS. Much better than the movie just stopping for 10 minutes like it did in Civil War to awkwardly introduce Spider-Man and Aunt May.

    • 12stepCornelius

      Yeah it tied in well with what Bruce was also doing sifting through Lex’s encrypted database. Came across some groundbreaking sh*t lol.

      • Internet dweller2100

        If it hands had the Logo’s, the shots themselves hadn’t been so clear cut like the CCTV footage, showing that lex had video’s on Bruce and Clark, then it would’ve worked better to explain how much Lex knew already about Batman and Superman and setting up JL.

        • Christian

          Possible explanation for Batman and Superman not being in the file: neither of them are metas, so maybe Lex would keep them separate. It’s not a strong argument at all, but it’s plausible.

        • Hinscher

          You have to take into consideration that Lex wanted Bruce to steal his information, and seeing how he was trying to pit the two against one another he would not want to show part of his hand in that knowing of the two’s identities. So he would have deleted or moved that information on Bruce/Clark to a more secure location.
          The only info he left on there pertaining to Superman was basically how to make Kryptonite weapons, which Bruce in his hatred blindly followed along like Lex wanted.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yes, precisely this.

  • Darthmanwe

    Question is, will he be able to open boomtubes.

    Since, in new 52, the motherbox IS NOT the actual cybernetic body itself, but is an integrated component of the whole, absorbed by cyborg’s implants.

    This time, the body IS the motherbox, which precludes the question is exactly how much control cyborg has.

    • SAMURAI36

      Agreed. I’m hoping he boomtubes as well. That was a great addition to the character. Makes him more interesting, both as a character, as well as his power set.

  • 12stepCornelius

    He’s about to catch those hands from Darkseid.

    • Verbal Kint

      Uuuuuummmmm

      • 12stepCornelius

        Going on a year with this avatar for me. How about you?

        • SAMURAI36

          At least he’s not stealing your entire identity, like this other idiot is doing to me, so be thankful.

        • Verbal Kint

          ‘Joined Jun 12, 2013’

          • 12stepCornelius

            Good for you! I’m keeping my Alex Ross avatar tho lol. Great minds think alike.

  • SAMURAI36.

    I like this whole email scene in general as it doesn’t take away the main story about batman and superman. The only minor gripe I have is that the Lexcorp web designer somehow managed to design the correct insignia for these heroes. I know it was to make it apparent to the audience and all, but yeah minor gripe. Overall scene was great still.

    • Hinscher

      Ha, yea whatever. Comic logic.
      My gripe with the email scene was not the scene but Diana’s timeline. Here is all that happens in the 1 hour that Lex gives Bruce/Clark fight and Doomsday shows up.
      1. Diana sees TV coverage of lightning at crash site in hotel lobby
      2. She goes to room and starts packing, whereas she goes on her laptop and spends at min 3 minutes there
      3. Then she somehow manages to get a ride to the airport, check through security and even board her plane
      4. It is at this time that it has been approximately 1 hour and she sees doomsday
      There is no way you could do that all in one hour.

      But the more infuriating time situation in the movie was Superman going to Lex Luthor in the spaceship. When Batman and Superman get done fighting, there is what 10 minutes left till Martha dies? Batman manages to get into his batmobile, fly to the docks, fight a room full of men and save martha. Superman, who leaves at the exact same time and can fly infinitely faster manages to fly to the ship and land. How the F* did that take him 10 minutes to do? Did he just hover above the ship for 10 minutes waiting. IDK, maybe he did cause he thought lex might call and say kill her if he showed up early. But that timing just annoyed me.

      • SAMURAI36

        Pay no attention to the fool who is impersonating me. Have fun with your 4KTV!!

    • SAMURAI36

      There you go, saying nonsense under my name.
      The symbols directly correspond to what we see in the actual footage. Lighting in the Flash scene. WW”s “w’ insignia in her pic, the “V” on Aquaman’s belt.
      Lex has shown his propensity for hyperbole all thru out the film anyways, so those emblems are par for the course for him.

    • jrvc

      If you pay attention you see there’s lots of videos from different dates, so they have been working for a long time (WW for 100 years no less). Lex clearly sees the logos on those videos.

      If you want more proof, just look the JL teaser and look for the drafts of the symbol that Flash has at his basement

      • SAMURAI36.

        All good pints indeed. Thanks guys.

  • Verbal Kint
  • Kelly

    It would be interesting if one of motherbox’s functions was to council and help Cyborg deal with any PTSD issues.

  • icowrich

    My complaint was more that he wasn’t an original JL member. But, at least it makes more sense in terms of the plot. I’d still rather have Jon Stewart, though.