Ray Fisher’s Cyborg was always meant to be the heart of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. However, the theatrical version, directed by Joss Whedon, severely edited out most of Cyborg’s story arc and contribution to the movie.
Cyborg is Justice League’s most powerful character.
The Snyder Cut of the movie looks to restore that original version with Cyborg at the forefront of the story. Fisher tweeted how Cyborg is Justice League’s most powerful being, even expanding that classification to the entirety of the DC Universe.
This is a big deal when it comes to the portrayal of the character. Behind the scenes, Fisher is leading a charge against the inappropriate behavior by Whedon during the theatrical version’s reshoots.
In front of the camera, Cyborg’s arc in the theatrical version dealt with his newfound powers. His transformation by the cosmic and ancient Mother Boxes left Fisher’s Victor Stone feeling disfigured and handicapped.
It was a unique approach to take to the classic depiction of a superhero getting his powers. Rarely do audiences see an emotional arc where the would-be hero feels more handicapped by his abilities than feeling empowered.
Empowering one of Comic Books’ most famous Black characters.
To take Cyborg in Justice League and make him the most powerful being totally adds to that arc and enhances it differently. It’s the culmination of the arc that we only glimpsed in the theatrical release.
This depiction also adds to the fact that the character is one of the most iconic Black characters in comic book history. As Fisher points out, to take such a character and empower them in this way, literally, is a huge step in the right direction.
Cyborg being Justice League’s most powerful being is consistent with how he gets his powers. In the Justice League version of his story, it’s the ancient Mother Boxes that give Cyborg his power.
The Boxes’ seemingly unlimited power could easily be transferred over to Cyborg, giving him the same unlimited depth of powers. We’ll have to wait to see how these powers factors into the movie.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League release on HBO Max on March 18, 2021.