Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have cast theater actor Ray Fisher as the superhero Cyborg in the upcoming Man of Steel 2, Variety reports. His role in the sequel is said to be minor, but the character will return and play a prominent role in the Justice League film as a member of the team.
Cyborg is one of the more tragic superheroes in the DC universe. Although his origin was slightly altered in the new 52 DC reboot, the main points remain: Victor Stone was a promising athlete until a horrific accident badly disfigured him. His father Dr. Silas Stone then desperately grafted several experimental prosthetics onto his son, keeping him alive but at a terrible cost. Despite his own horror at what has happened to him, Victor eventually learns to accept his situation and uses the advanced technology to become the superhero known as Cyborg.
The character was first introduced in 1980 and quickly became a staple of the Teen Titans comics. Following the DC reboot though, Cyborg was depicted as a founding member of the new Justice League. Warner Bros. has yet to confirm the casting news, but assuming it is correct, that would make the fourth Justice League member to appear in the Man of Steel sequel, along with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
Fisher is best known for his theater roles, including a recent turn on Broadway in Fetch Clay, Make Man, where he appeared as Muhammad Ali. The actor would join a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.
Man of Steel 2 is currently filming, and is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.