Entertainment Weekly caught up with up-and-coming actor Ray Fisher, the star of DC's just announced "Cyborg" feature film scheduled for 2020. The reveal of a standalone film starring the Justice Leaguer didn't just surprise fans -- it also surprised Cyborg, who received word of his solo film just hours before the big reveal.
"I didn't know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character," Fisher told EW. "When I signed on, I just wanted to be part of this world. But that specific information, I found out then and there. I didn't think I'd be getting my own stand-alone film." The theater actor first signed on to play the superhero in a cameo role in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" back in April.
The article notes that Fisher will be the first African-American to headline a superhero film since Will Smith did so in 2008's "Hancock." For a superhero film with an African-American lead based on a Marvel or DC property, though, you have to go back to 2004's "Blade: Trinity" when Wesley Snipes last appeared as the titular vampire hunter.
With no feature film roles on his resume, the actor, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the off-Broadway play "Fetch Clay, Make Man," notes that he did not expect to see his career go in this direction this quickly. "I'm a long-game player and didn't see any of this happening until at least my 40s," said Fisher. "It's a huge honor, but a bit of pressure comes along with it. My mind is just boggled right now."
Fisher revealed to EW that he has finished filming his role in "Batman v Superman," and that he met Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ben Affleck -- Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Batman, respectively -- while on set. "I met everyone in the Justice League except Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller," said Fisher. "It was surreal. You get this idea of going to work on a Hollywood set as being really stressful and nerve-wracking. But it blew that stereotype away. If they did have stressful times, it wasn't while I was there."