Though it’s not exactly odd that director Zack Snyder’s follow-up to Man of Steel hasn’t yet settled on an official title (it’s currently being referred to as Batman vs. Superman), I’m starting to wonder if they already know what the title will be and are keeping it under wraps. Something along the lines of Justice League, perhaps? The reason being that this cast is very much starting to resemble something more akin to a Justice League movie rather than a Superman-focused sequel, especially with today’s latest casting news. In addition to Henry Cavill’s Superman, the film already has Ben Affleck set to play Batman and Gal Gadot onboard as Wonder Woman, and now Broadway actor Ray Fisher has been tapped to play Cyborg, yet another member of the Justice League. Hit the jump for more.
Per Variety, Snyder and Warner Bros. have settled on Ray Fisher to fill the role of Cyborg in the untitled Man of Steel follow-up, after testing a number of actors over the past couple of weeks. Though an unknown in the film world, Fisher played Muhammad Ali in the Broadway play Fetch Clay, Make Man. Cyborg will apparently not have a major role in this film, but Warner Bros. plans on using the character more significantly in subsequent films that take place in this so-called Justice League universe. Indeed, Snyder started laying the groundwork for Cyborg earlier, dropping in Easter Egg references to the character in Man of Steel.
As I said before, this is starting to more closely resemble a Justice League movie rather than a straight-up Man of Steel sequel, and even if this isn’t a full-blown Avengers-style Justice League pic, it will almost certainly serve as a tee-up to whatever big plans Warner Bros. has for its own DC Comics universe.
For those unfamiliar with the Cyborg character, his origin in the DC Comics involves his scientist parents using him as a test subject for various intelligence treatments. When an experiment in dimensional travel goes horribly wrong, a creature travels through an open portal and mutilates young Victor Stone, after which much of his body is covered in metal plates—experimental prosthetics developed by his parents.
It’s unclear how Cyborg will fit into the plot of Batman vs. Superman, but we know that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will serve as the film’s primary villain while Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman all figure into the story in some fashion. David S. Goyer penned the initial script, but Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio performed the most recent rewrite. Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne reprise their roles from Man of Steel, while other new additions to the cast include Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter.
The untitled Batman/Superman film opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.