There’s been a lot of back and forth when it comes to the character of Cyborg in the live-action DC films. While actor Ray Fisher has a ton of passion for the role, it always seems to be up in the air when Victor Stone will get his time to shine in his own picture. At one point when this slate kicked off, there was going to be a Cyborg film. Plus, back when Rick Famuyiwa was originally attached to The Flash, there was a hint that Cyborg was probably going to appear in that film.
Now Justice League has come and gone, the Flash solo film has new directors, and there seems to be no movement at this moment on a Cyborg film. But like a follow-up to Man of Steel, that doesn’t mean that it’s over and gone, but just may not be the focus for Warner Bros and DC films, with the focus being on the immediate projects- Aquaman, Shazam!, the Todd Phillips Joker film, and Wonder Woman 1984.
So where does that leave Ray Fisher’s Cyborg? The actor still has a ton of enthusiasm for the role and interacts frequently with fans on social media, as well as in-person. Such was the case at the Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey, where Fisher spoke about what it might cost just to make a Cyborg film work:
“There’s a ton of people making those kind of decisions behind the scenes. And it would be a very, very costly movie to make because it is so CGI heavy with Cyborg, because I’m the only member of the League that’s not in a practical costume. You’re going to be looking at $200 million just to make it. So it’s one of those things you have to take into consideration. It’s a numbers game for some people at the end of the day.”
A very specific number, to be sure, and a quite high number for a film budget, so a Cyborg film would have to be a pretty big deal at the box office, domestic and international, to make that back, but as Fisher indicated, he’s not in a practical costume. Indeed, in many of the behind-the-scenes photos for Justice League, Fisher is seen not in the outfit we see in the films, but one where CGI will later be applied.
And indeed, if the bulk of the movie were to be CGI-heavy, you’d need a budget to match that for when Fisher is suited up as Cyborg and not just civilian Victor Stone. Still, Fisher, who is set to appear in the upcoming third season of True Detective on HBO, remains enthused about the possibility of a Cyborg film down the line. And given the bond he had with Ezra Miller’s Flash, perhaps he could still make an appearance there.
Either way, Fisher remains very much interested in the Cyborg character, and while fans may not get a chance to see him yet again on the big-screen, there’s always the version that we will see on the Doom Patrol series on the DC Universe streaming service, so there’s something for everybody.
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