Boo- yah! Ray Fisher just earned some major geek points.
Asked about his familiarity with the role before being cast, Fisher noted the cult hit “Teen Titans” cartoon that ran from 2003-2006. “I actually grew up watching a lot of these cartoons – a lot of the animated series. Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, all the stuff that would come onto Cartoon Network. My first encounter with Cyborg was through the Teen Titans cartoon.” The mention of “Teen Titans” brought cheers and “Boo- yahs” (Cyborg’s catchphrase – hey, it was the early 2000’s) from the audience.
This may not assuage every concern over the upcoming “Justice League” film from the DC Cinemeatic Universe’s critics, but it’s a good sign. “Teen Titans” was marked by a both poignant character arcs and fun comedic bits. Cyborg perhaps best represented the balance of the two. He was mainly a car- loving, cooler best friend to fellow comedy relief Beast Boy, but the show also touched on his struggle of being both man and machine, and cast him as the sometimes-defacto leader of the group.
“I was in the middle of high school [when Teen Titans debuted], 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,” Fisher said. Hard core fans need not worry – Fisher also brushed up on the comic book iteration of Cyborg when he wasn’t getting insanely buff. “Once I was cast, though, they send you a whole library of stuff about the character so I ended up being able to fall in love with the comic book version which can be very different. 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.”
Fans will have to wait until Nov. 17 2017 to find out if Fisher’s character insight translates to the screen. Directed by Zack Snyder, “Justice League” also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa.
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