When it comics to DC Comics’ slate of films in its cinematic universe, there’s a fair bit of uncertainty and unexpectedness. Films previously announced as being in the early stages of development have seemingly been tabled for now (Lobo), while others have gotten moving a lot sooner than expected (The Joker). It seems the strategy at Warner Bros. is to take things as they come and move them into production once they’ve got the right team behind it, lest they have another costly Justice League situation on their hands. There’s no shortage of DC characters who could make the leap from comics onto the big screen, chief among them being Cyborg, who is the only member of the Justice League without a film currently in development.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting a Cyborg solo film announcement anytime soon and plans for the character appearing in a supporting role in The Flash solo outing may have gone dark. Over the weekend, the actor who plays Cyborg, Ray Fisher, talked to fans at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Edison, New Jersey, about his role in Justice League, and addressed the character's future.
When asked about the status of a Cyborg solo film, Fisher cautiously said, “I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t comment on that specifically, because they don’t tell me anything until like the very last minute. I mean, I will say there’s a ton of people making those kinds of decisions behind the scenes. And it would be a very, very costly movie to make because it’s so CGI-heavy with Cyborg. I’m the only member of the League that’s not in a practical costume, so you’re going to be looking at $200 million dollars just to make it. So it’s one of those things you really have to take into consideration. It’s a numbers game for some people at the end of the day.”
The fact that Warner Bros. is concerned about the production cost of the projects they greenlight isn’t surprising. But given the massive turnout for Black Panther and its incredible box office take, it’s hard to imagine another black superhero failing to draw audiences to theaters with the right crew behind it.
Still, there’s hope. The climate for representation on screen is changing, and Fisher alludes that if people keep asking for a Cyborg film then it could happen. “Listen, we need — if we keep making noise, it could happen, man. It’s about what the people want. And that’s what people understand and that’s what they recognize,” Fisher said.
Whether in a solo outing or as part of a team-up film, here’s hoping we have a chance to see Ray Fisher suit up as Cyborg again soon.