Though reshoots have reportedly lightened his character up a bit, there’s still going to be a bit of darkness in Cyborg’s Justice League storyline.
In an interview with ComicBookMovie, Joe Morton (who plays Dr. Silas Stone, Victor/Cyborg’s father) said that Victor resents his father for turning him into Cyborg:
Yeah, some of that still exists in the film where Victor sort of feels like, “yes you saved my life, but look what you made me look like. I can’t go out and be a regular person.” He has no alias, nothing to hide behind. So what I think is great about that idea is you begin, in a metaphoric way, sort of talking about what it means to be “the other” in society. Even if you have something tremendous to contribute to society, the first thing that most social situations will do is ostracize you because you look different because they don’t know who or what you are. So I think that’s a big deal in this film for that character, and for Silas, and makes for interesting film making.
In the comics, Victor Stone is a college football player who becomes Cyborg after his father saves his life following a critical injury. It’s a storyline that lends itself to a lot of not-so-fun moments. So it’s not surprising that in an interview with IGN last week, Morton explained that Justice League changed the tone of Cyborg’s character in reshoots because “the film felt too dark.”
Fans won’t have to wait very long to see if they ended up with the right tonal balance in the film.
Justice League is set to premiere on November 17. Cyborg, the hero’s standalone film, is expected to be released in 2020.