The four-hour Synder cut of the 2017 superhero flop Justice League has finally hit HBO Max, with many hoping this new cut will bring justice (no pun intended) to many of the characters the original film wronged.
Heros like Martian Manhunter are said to get more screen time and the film ties their individual storylines into the overarching plot of the film. But how much does this new film actually change for the DC cinematic universe?
Cyborg, a half-human half-machine superhero, has long been a character viewers were disappointed about. While the original 2017 cut's trailers suggested Cyborg would get sufficient screen time, the final version left him largely out of the picture — and his prominence in the Snyder cut has surprised many. Was Cyborg even in the original Justice League film?
Was Cyborg in the original 'Justice League'?
Before Zack left the project, Cyborg was reportedly supposed to have a more fleshed-out storyline in the original Justice League, but many of the scenes promised by trailers that likely would've made him a more well-rounded character were cut from the final version. This is something many fans have long lamented as a likely reason as to why he's since been forgotten in the DC cinematic universe.
Actor Ray Fisher, who plays the mechanical hero, previously stated in a tweet that he did not approve of Joss Whedon's work on the film following Zack's exit.
The actor accused the former Avengers director of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior on the set of the original title. An internal investigation was reportedly conducted following these accusations, and Polygon reports that there was "remedial action" taken, though no specifics were given.
Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
That being said, it seems as though Zack Snyder's Justice League offers Cyborg a well-deserved arc, and some have even pointed out his character seems to benefit the most from this re-release.
How was Cyborg created?
Cyborg's origin story differs slightly between the comics and his portrayal in Justice League. In the comics, Victor Stone was the son of two scientists, Silas and Elinore, who ran multiple experiments on him in an effort to increase his intelligence. While they worked, he resented his parents for using him as a test subject.
When visiting his parents' lab one day, an inter-dimensional creature is pulled into the lab by one of his parents' tests, killing his mother and leaving him injured.
In an effort to save his son, Silas gives his son multiple artificial limbs and implants without Victor's consent. This leads Victor to tell his father he would've rather died than go through these mutilations.
In Justice League, however, Silas installs these artificial limbs into Victor after a car accident, which is also his mother's cause of death in the film.
While the origins are slightly different, the overall lesson Cyborg has to learn is the same. Both versions of Victor spend their arcs grappling with feeling like an outsider because of his mechanical components and resenting Silas for burdening him with this new body he didn't consent to before ultimately deciding to use his mechanical advancements for good.