Zack Snyder’s Justice League is just over a week away from release, and the teasers are still rolling in. While most of them so far have given us extended looks at characters we knew pretty well from the original film, the new Cyborg trailer shows that the character might have an expanded role in Snyder’s version of the movie.
The teaser only shows us a few seconds of Cyborg; the main focus is on his alter ego, Victor Stone. We see Stone looking at a city in ruins and hearing messages from his family. While there were certainly hints of who Victor Stone and his family were in the original version of Justice League, that never extended much past him being upset by his new robot body. This teaser makes it seem like the character could have a more significant emotional arc in the expanded film.
This seemingly new focus on Victor Stone’s character has also been hinted at by Ray Fisher, the actor who plays Cyborg in Justice League. Fisher has spoken out about what he described as “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the part of Joss Whedon, which Fisher said was “enabled” by Warner Bros. executives. Former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg has denied this, according to Variety.
In a statement on Twitter from early March, Fisher stated that there were “studio executives (particularly Geoff Johns) saying, ‘we can’t have an angry Black man at the center of the movie’ — and then those executives [using] their power to reduce and remove ALL Black people from that movie.”
However, Fisher’s statement continued, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League stands as proof of, and opposition to, that kind of discrimination.”
While the final result remains to be seen, the confident Victor Stone we see in this trailer could be an indication of the different version of the character that Fisher promised.