(NEW YORK) — Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine superhero in Justice League. Fisher, a newcomer to the DC Comics Universe, says when he landed the coveted role, his hope was to embody his character.
“Once I started testing for the role and found out what it was, that’s when I started doing as much research into the character [as possible],” Fisher tells ABC Radio. “And that’s when I saw a completely different side of Cyborg. And that’s the side that I actually fell in love with, which was a character that was very deep and grounded and had a lot of pathos in respect to his origin and his life circumstances.”
Those life circumstances, says Ray, include how he “lost his mother…[and] his body…through no fault of his own.”
Ray says to become Cyborg, DC Comics gave him all the tools he needed.
“Once I booked the role they sent me every Cyborg comic that ever existed,” Fisher says. “From the 1980s when he was created for the New Teen Titans all the way through The New 52 where Cyborg is introduced as a founding member of the Justice League. So I got a pretty expansive look at who he was. So when it came time to actually portray the character — you can pick and choose little bits from any version to sort of make it a cohesive whole.”
Now, with all those pieces together, Ray says he can focus on what’s important.
“What would it be like for an individual to go through this transformation?” Ray asks. “Dealing with that loss and having him being able to recover a piece of himself, a piece of his humanity… is something that as an actor was exciting to play with because it gives you a lot to chew on.”
Justice League opens today.
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