After months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed: Cyborg will appear in The Flash. According to Variety, Ray Fisher's Cyborg will join Ezra Miller's Scarlet Speeder on the big screen, but it is not known how substantial a role the Justice Leaguer will play in director Rick Famuyiwa's Flash film.
It makes sense that Warner Bros. and DC would want to give Fisher's part-human, part-machine superhero ample screen time ahead of his own solo adventure in 2020, and given their ages, Barry Allen seems like the perfect partner in (busting) crime. Cyborg, who debuted in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with a brief origin story in one of Lex Luther's encrypted files, will have an expanded role in the upcoming Justice League movie alongside Miller, Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Henry Cavill (Superman).
Fair warning: Vic Stone's origin story is not for the faint of heart. The son of scientists, Vic was regularly experimented on as a kid. When Vic is horribly maimed in an accident at S.T.A.R. Labs, his father uses an experimental procedure to save his son, as seen briefly in Batman V Superman. As a result, he turns him into a, well, cyborg. His mind is now a computer, one that can process data and encrypt files — and his body is made up of advanced parts that grant him superpowers like strength, speed, and the ability to fly.
Producer Deborah Snyder hinted to Forbes back in April what makes Cyborg and The Flash the perfect on-screen duo. "As you can imagine, when we get to the Flash movie, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher — who plays Cyborg — are kind of our youngest characters, and they have a really nice comradery with each other," she said. "Ezra is super funny, so the tone of that film will be very different than the rest of them."
Will The Flash and Cyborg become the millennial versions of the Science Bros. in the DC Extended Universe? Or perhaps the next Steve and Bucky? Only time will tell, but given the critical backlash against the DC Extended Universe's current strategy, there seems to be a tonal shift in the approach to The Flash. [Cue the bromance.]
Earlier this month, Miller told MTV News, "I think there's just an intention to make something extremely fun and something superhuman and something deeply human."
The Flash will begin shooting later this year in London, and it's expected to open in March 2018.