Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman flick just took another huge step toward being a legit Justice League prequel.
Variety is reporting that theater actor Ray Fisher has signed on to play Vic Stone, aka Cyborg, in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. This casting scoop comes in addition to Gal Gadot’s role as Wonder Woman and Ben Affleck’s hire as the new Batman — meaning that we essentially have almost the entire Justice League set to show up when this thing opens in 2016.
Fisher is a relatively young actor, so it seems they’ll be following the typical arc of introducing Cyborg as a late-teen or young 20-something who is the son of a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who is injured during an experiment and kept alive by cybernetic enhancements. In the comics, he eventually becomes a key member of the Justice League.
According to initial reports, Cyborg will not have a huge role in this film, but is expected to have an expanded presence in Justice League and future spinoffs. Considering how many characters they’re packing into this flick, you have to wonder if Snyder is basically using Batman vs. Superman as a de facto prequel to the eventual Justice League movie.
If so, it looks like this flick might be little more than fan service to essentially have Batman and Superman meet, then plant some origin stories for the rest of the gang before they face a big battle in the next movie. Granted, those are all things we want to see happen, but these are a lot of extremely varied characters to cram under one roof with little outside introduction.
Though it might seem surprising at first glance, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill had already hinted at Cyborg’s involvement months ago, when he noted the character could be an interesting lens through which to expand their version of the DC universe.
Here’s hoping Snyder can do all these heroes justice. What do you think?