After his appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, how did Cyborg‘s story wrap up in the two planned sequels to the movie? Among the many radical differences between the two versions of Justice League, Cyborg’s greatly expanded role in the Snyder Cut has been one of the most talked about. With a two-hour mandate imposed on the theatrical cut, story elements and characters arcs were chopped to bits, and the story of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg ended up being completely eviscerated.
Although it was already known before the movie’s release how much Cyborg’s role was minimized, now that a direct comparison can be made to the Snyder Cut, it’s clear that this was comparable to making Furiosa a background character in Mad Max: Fury Road. With the Snyder Cut released, Victor is once again “the heart of the movie” that Snyder has always described him as. That still leaves the question of where Cyborg’s story was meant to go from where the Snyder Cut leaves off.
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Thanks to some recently revealed whiteboards of Snyder’s overall Justice League layout of the five-movie arc he had planned, we now have a fairly good idea of where Cyborg’s arc was meant to take him through Justice League 2 and Justice League 3. While it must be emphasized that the hard details of the whiteboards are not necessarily set in stone due to subsequent tweaks to the plan (a point Snyder himself has emphasized), they nonetheless provide a good general overview of Cyborg’s role in the remainder of the story. Here’s what Cyborg’s role in Justice League 2 and Justice League 3 was meant to be.
Cyborg’s Story In Justice League Snyder Cut Explained
The theatrical version of Justice League stripped-down, altered, and reshot virtually every aspect of the film as Snyder had made it, and the character most impacted, by far, was Victor Stone. Victor’s mechanized body and ability to interface with any form of technology effectively make him a kind of techno-Superman, but from Victor’s perspective, this all comes at the price of stripping him of his humanity, leading him to shut himself off from the world. Victor also bears a serious grudge towards his father Silas, both for not making it to his football game before his accident, believing this might have saved his mother Elinor from dying in their car crash, and for using the Mother Box to save Victor’s life, which in his mind simply made him into something not human.
Over the course of the movie, Victor realizes his father’s love for him when Silas sacrifices himself to superheat the third Mother Box (giving the League a chance to locate it and Steppenwolf later). Though he’s lost both his mother and father, Victor sees that he’s found a new family of heroes like himself in the Justice League, and most importantly, that he’s not defined by his accident or the loss of his human body. He puts it all quite succinctly when he interfaces with the Mother Boxes to stop the Unity.
Shaking off the offer to join forces with Apokolips in exchange for bringing his parents back and his body being restored to “make you whole again,” Victor declares “I’m not broken, and I’m not alone.” After Steppenwolf’s defeat, Victor stands proud with the Justice League, while finally playing his father’s last voice recording, with Silas telling his son of the hero he can become with his new powers. Another battle lies ahead for Cyborg and his friends, however, with Bruce’s vision of the Knightmare future at the end of the film showing Cyborg aligned with Batman, The Flash, Mera, Deathstroke, and The Joker to undo Darkseid’s future conquest of Earth.
Cyborg’s Story In Snyder’s Original Justice League 2 Plans
Snyder’s basic concept for Justice League 2 was a post-apocalyptic story that was to take a full dive into the Knightmare future. In a story somewhat akin to Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman was to be pulled over to the side of Apokolips with the Anti-Life Equation following Darkseid’s murder of Lois Lane. Darkseid would then conquer the world, with Batman, Cyborg, and their aforementioned allies forming the resistance to the invasion. Batman would then devise a plot to rewrite the timeline by sending The Flash back in time to stop Darkseid’s killing of Lois (who is now known to be pregnant in the Snyder Cut) and the corruption of Superman.
This would be accomplished by building the Cosmic Treadmill with one of the Mother Boxes, with the catch being that a successful trip back in time could only be accomplished once a year since the Earth would need to be in approximately the same position as the intended destination. Barry’s first visit to Bruce in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would also come into play here. With two possible doorways into the past to choose from, Bruce would ask Victor which one he would choose, then instruct Barry to go through the opposite of Victor’s choice, accounting for his previous error that sent Barry back “too soon” in Batman v Superman. Per Snyder’s whiteboard outline, Cyborg would have been tossed to a group of Parademons by the pursuing Superman and torn apart, but Barry would nevertheless successfully make it back through time, preventing Lois’ death and stopping Superman from falling under Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation control, leading into Justice League 3.
How Cyborg’s Story Ended In Snyder’s Justice League 3
With the Knightmare timeline now averted, Justice League 3 was to focus on the League’s final battle royale with Darkseid. The film would have seen Wonder Woman and Aquaman marshall the forces of Themyscira and Atlantis, with the armies of mankind also joining in and the League leading Earth’s last stand against Apokolips, with the movie intended to mirror Darkseid’s first invasion in the history lesson in a modern context. In the final battle, Cyborg was to gain control of the Mother Boxes once again, this time destroying them and leaving Darkseid weakened.
After Apokolips was defeated once and for all, Justice League 3 was to show each of the hero’s lives in the aftermath, with Victor evolving into “a god of the digital age,” as he is described on the whiteboards, and even gaining the ability to change himself back into his fully human appearance. Cyborg reaching such a tremendous powerful level is also consistent with the descriptions that both Snyder and Fisher have given of Victor’s overall arc, Snyder has described Victor as almost “impossible to kill,” while Fisher has stated that Cyborg was to become “one of, if not, the most powerful metahuman in the entire canon.”
Does Cyborg Have A DCEU Future?
The future of both Cyborg and Ray Fisher in the DCEU is one of the biggest question marks in the aftermath of the Snyder Cut’s release. A particularly important element of this story is the investigation initiated by Ray Fisher into Joss Whedon’s conduct during the Justice League reshoots. Fisher has very publicly held Warner Bros.’ feet to the fire over the investigation, and DC Films President Walter Hamada, in particular, with Fisher even publicly stating he’d refuse to work with Hamada on future projects. Though Jason Momoa has publicly voiced his support of Fisher, and Gal Gadot has spoken of having a less-than-amicable experience with Whedon on set herself, Fisher was dropped from his intended role in The Flash.
Though Fisher has expressed a desire for Rick Famuyiwa, one of the directors to have departed The Flash, to helm Cyborg’s solo film, at present, no such plans have been greenlit by Warner Bros. Unfortunately, at the moment, it seems the most likely path forward for Fisher’s Cyborg to be seen again is for Snyder’s remaining two Justice League movies to be given the go-ahead, and though Fisher has supported the #RestoreTheSnyderVerse hashtag, Warner Bros. has recently communicated a disinterest in doing so, with Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff declaring the Snyder Cut to be the conclusion to Zack Snyder’s trilogy.
The story of Victor Stone in the Snyder Cut now seems to be at an impasse due to Warner Bros.’ desire to leave Snyder’s story in the past and Ray Fisher’s disputes with the studio. Snyder’s fans will surely continue to push for the story to continue and for Fisher to return as Cyborg with the #RestoreTheSnyderVerse and #IStandWithRayFisher hashtags. Unless something changes though, the ending of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is where Victor’s arc currently remains.
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