In the modern world, many people—millennials, especially—can find it hard to unplug, to leave the internet and its constant stream of information behind for a day, or even for a few hours. But what if you are the internet? What if you are what’s “plugged in,” with a continuous, 24-hour cycle of information cycling through you?
Victor Stone was once a star college quarterback at Gotham City University, but a horrific accident nearly cost him his life. His father, scientist Silas Stone, saved his son, but at a price. Now half-man, half-machine, Victor spends his days and nights in an attempt to understand his new biomechanic body parts that have him tapped into everything. So much so that he knows Bruce and Diana are looking for him almost before they do.
“Cyborg became the very technology that was used to rebuild him,” explains Ray Fisher, who plays the newly minted metahuman. “The technology his father used was alien and it imbued him with super-abilities. He has super-strength. He can fly. He’s a technopath, which means he can interface with anything technological. He has worlds of information at his disposal, not just from our galaxy but also from other universes. But it’s all pretty new, so he struggles with it. It begs the question, ‘How deeply should you allow yourself to become entrenched in the idea of who and what you are?’”
“Cyborg has a really interesting journey because he has to come to grips with the fact that the alien technology responsible for him being alive is the same Apokoliptian technology that threatens the Earth,” Roven states. “Will his humanity be able to master the alien tech, or will the alien tech ultimately win out? An actor that can make you believe both aspects of his dilemma, that is a testament to his talent.”
Cyborg prefers to stay hidden, still unaccustomed to his new body and not yet in control of his abilities, but for Fisher, joining the League was a no-brainer. “Being part of this cast feels like coming full circle,” he says. “I grew up with Batman. I grew up tying a towel around my neck and jumping off my porch like I was Superman—that sort of thing. Now here I am. I couldn’t have imagined my life unfolding the way it did.”
Fisher felt like that kid again when he stood among the rest of the League members on set. “The day we were all up on this wall, together for the first time, it was like watching my eight-year-old self’s dreams come true. When I watched the playback of this beautifully sophisticated camera movement that Zack and Fabian choreographed, I almost shed a tear. I held it together pretty good, though!” he laughs.
"Justice League" has a November 17, 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder, with the story by Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder, the screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Willem Dafoe an Atlantean, Nuidis Vulko.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.