Today In Superhero Movie History: CYBORG's First Solo Outing Was Supposed To Be Released
Cyborg was supposed to be released in theaters this weekend, and we're now taking a dive into why the movie didn't happen, how it came about in the first place, and more. Hit the jump to check it out...
On October 15th, 2014, Warner Bros. unexpectedly announced its entire big screen DC Comics slate during a talk with shareholders. It was a ballsy move on the studio's part, but they were clearly confident that they had some big hits on their hands with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad movies.
While fans were critical of how the slate was revealed (the showmanship they were used to from Marvel Studios was completely absent), it was hard not to be excited.
Solo adventures for Batman and Superman were promised, while the likes of Justice League 2, The Flash, and Aquaman were all given release dates. However, of the DC Films promised by Warner Bros., almost half of them have yet to see the light of day...including Cyborg.
That was supposed to arrive in theaters TODAY, Friday, April 3rd, 2020.
Even back in 2014, comic book fans were confused as to why Victor Stone would be given his own solo outing. It felt like the studio had just decided to give every member of the Justice League a film, and no one could really figure out what an adventure revolving around Cyborg would actually be about (after all, he's most frequently been part of the Justice League or Teen Titans).
As time passed, we heard nothing about a writer for the movie, let alone a director. Cast members admitted to never having seen a screenplay, so it was clear one didn't exist, and Warner Bros. simply didn't seem to have any real plans to ever make Cyborg a reality. It's hard to say why that was, but as passionate as Ray Fisher may have been about the role, he was probably the least memorable member of the Justice League.
Perhaps things would have been different in the Snyder Cut, but as things stand, we probably shouldn't be massively surprised that Cyborg never happened. Then again, there were once plans for him to be a co-star in The Flash, so that might also explain why his solo adventure was shelved.
April 3rd might just be a cursed day for superhero movies, as The New Mutants was supposed to arrive in theaters today before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic delayed it (again). Even if Cyborg had been coming out this weekend, Warner Bros. almost certainly would have postponed it!
Do you wish we'd seen Cyborg on the big screen?