The Justice League reshoots have changed Cyborg’s tone


It looks like the Justice League reshoots made some significant adjustments to Cyborg.

The cast and crew of Justice League are still hard at work on the film’s reshoots under Joss Whedon. With such extensive reshoots, many assumed the movie’s tone and some story elements would be changed. Now, that appears to be true for at least one character.

Joe Morton, who plays Dr. Silas Stone in the movie, recently chatted with IGN, and confirmed he did participate in the reshoots with Whedon. Interestingly, he also revealed there were some major changes made to Victor Stone (Cyborg):

"“… I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark …”"

The veteran actor then discussed how Silas’ actions affect Victor and ultimately set his dramatic arc in motion:

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"“… He is very much like Frankenstein [Frankenstein’s Creature] again in that there’s no disguising who he is. So that what I think ends up happening is that section of the movie and certainly that character, Cyborg, is a metaphor for being The Other. Which is why I’m glad it’s being played by — that I’m playing dad and Victor is a black, young man. Because I think that is the metaphor in a certain way, that it is talking about what it means to be The Other. Even if you have something that you can contribute to society, very often society doesn’t view you that way …”"

Morton makes some excellent points. The Frankenstein comparison in particular is spot on, and it’s one that many comic book fans have been making for years.

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While Cyborg has been depicted as a fun, youthful and outgoing character in many of his appearances, he really is a tragic figure. Victor Stone was a promising athlete before a horrific accident left him mortally wounded and disfigured. This led his father to save his life with the help of prosthetic enhancements.

Based on Morton’s comments, it sounds like Whedon has really captured the essence of Cyborg’s struggle, which should make for a compelling character arc in the film.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.