The “Man of Steel” sequel just took another major step toward setting up an eventual Justice League of America film.
According to Variety, Ray Fisher, a noted theater actor, has been tapped for the role of Victor Stone or Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine superhero who started off as a member of the Teen Titans before graduating to the JLA.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics conducted screen tests over the past couple of weeks before landing on Fisher, who is most widely known for playing Muhammad Ali in the Broadway play “Fetch Clay, Make Man” and for his recent testing for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
While Cyborg’s role will be small, he’ll become a more significant character as the studio develops more films for the Justice League universe. Cyborg’s casting may be also be a sign that DC Comics paid attention to the successful integration of The Falcon, another African-American superhero, to Marvel’s recent blockbuster, Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.
“I think he would create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity,” Cavill said of the Cyborg character in bonus feature on the recent “Man of Steel” home video release.
Fisher joins a cast that already includes Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Amy Adams (Lois Lane).
Zack Snyder is returning as director for the production, which is currently already under way in Michigan.