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Justice League’s Cyborg Found Inspiration In An Unlikely Source

Actor Ray Fisher is entering the DC Cinematic Universe as a relative unknown. According to IMDb, his screen credits have been limited to a single short film and an appearance on ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club. In spite of this limited screen resume, it should be noted that Fisher is a veteran stage actor, who made a strong impression playing Muhammad Ali (Fetch Clay, Make Man) and Tom Robinson (To Kill a Mockingbird). It should come as no surprise, then, that he’s approaching his first movie role—Justice League’s Victor Stone/Cyborg—in an inventive, unpredictable manner.

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In recent years, DC has established itself as the company where dark, moody superheroes go to infuriate critics and break box office records. However, Fisher says his original knowledge of Cyborg stems more from the Teen Titans cartoon than his more serious comic book incarnation. “I actually grew up watching a lot of these cartoons—a lot of the animated series,” he said at Rhode Island Comic-Con. “My first encounter with Cyborg was through the Teen Titans cartoon. You know, I was in the middle of high school, and I was like, ‘This show speaks to me’ because there were all of these characters going through these real teen issues while also saving the world. The extent of my knowledge was just about that.”

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Of course, Fisher didn’t stop there, so don’t expect his Cyborg to be a completely free of DC’s signature grit. Once he was cast, he says the company sent him “a whole library of stuff” about the character. “I ended up being able to fall in love with the comic book version, which can be very different,” he explained. “I feel like I know him like the back of my hand, but there’s always somebody who knows a little more than me about things.”

Justice League arrives in theatres in just under a year—on November 17, 2017. For a sneak peek at Cyborg, check out the film’s Comic-Con trailer below.

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