Role Will Not Be Recast
Ray Fisher has cut ties with Warner Bros. after comments made about DC Films boss Walter Hamada and will not return to the role of Cyborg.
Fisher started a social media campaign to have people attached to Justice League who he accused of “abusive behaviour” on set to be held accountable before a rumour started doing the rounds that WarnerMedia is recasting the role of Cyborg for the upcoming solo Flash movie.
According to a Tweet by writer Mark Hughes, that rumour is false –
The rumors of Cyborg recasting are a lie, Cyborg is not in The Flash and the role is not being recast. I’ve confirmed this with the studio. The rumor is FALSE.
— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) January 5, 2021
“The rumors of Cyborg recasting are a lie, Cyborg is not in The Flash and the role is not being recast. I’ve confirmed this with the studio. The rumor is FALSE.”
Up until last year, Cyborg was confirmed to be a part of The Flash, and his appearance in the film was meant to act as a springboard into Fisher’s own solo movie. But then the actor made his accusations publicly known, against Joss Whedon, who directed Justice League, producer Geoff Johns, and DC Films head Hamada.
Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler.
His lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept 4th hit-piece, sought to undermine the very real issues of the Justice League investigation.
I will not participate in any production associated with him.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) December 30, 2020
With Fisher announcing that he will no longer work with Hamada, it looks like his time of playing Cyborg has come to an end. He will appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which premieres in March on HBO Max.
Even without the presence of Cyborg, the solo Flash movie sounds fairly ambitious. From what we know so far, the story will involve Flash travelling to alternate realities and meeting multiple versions of DC heroes, including two versions of Batman, to be played by Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck.
While Cyborg was meant to act as a friend to Flash in his solo movie, that role might now be filled by Affleck, as explained previously by the film’s director Andy Muschietti –
“[Ben Affleck is] a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie. The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck’s Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven’t seen before. It’s Barry’s movie, it’s Barry’s story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that’s one of the emotional vessels of the movie. That’s where the Affleck Batman kicks in.”
Directed by Muschietti from a script by Christina Hodson, The Flash stars Ezra Miller, Keaton, Affleck, and Billy Crudup. The film arrives in theaters on November 4th, 2022.