Sometimes Hollywood plays its movie cards so close to the vest that even the actors involved don’t find out the exact details until the last-minute. Sure, they sign multi-picture deals for big ensemble movies, but apparently Ray Fisher had no idea that along with appearing in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and a couple of Justice League movies that his character Cyborg would also be getting his own stand alone movie.
I didn’t know the extent to which DC and WB had planned on taking my character. 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.
What makes this news even more dramatic is that Fisher doesn’t have a single feature film role to his credit. Zip, zero, nada. What he did have, was an incredible performance as Muhammad Ali in the off-Broadway play Fetch Clay, Make Man that generated enough industry buzz to open a few Hollywood doors.
Once we were in previews, Ang Lee came to see the show. One of his next projects is a 3-D boxing movie about Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. So he’s scouting for people to play Ali in this film. Ang and I meet to talk about his ideas for the project and it’s all very interesting. Waiting to see where everything goes with that.
DC’s Justice League wasn’t the first franchise to give Fisher serious consideration. The folks casting Star Wars VII are said to have considered Fisher a serious contender for a role in that franchise, which might still happen.
I’m a long-game player and didn’t see any of this happening until at least my 40s. It’s a huge honor, but a bit of pressure comes along with it. My mind is just boggled right now.
Fisher wrapped up his scenes in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice back in July and while he won’t talk about any details, he did talk about who he’s met on the set so far.
I met everyone in the Justice League except Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller. 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.
What can fans expect?
We’re killing the comic-book movie, we’re ending it. Let me tell you, man people are in for a hell of a treat.
He must be having the time of his life right now. His first on-screen role is in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and he is getting his own solo movie. His head must be spinning with all the possibilities.
It’s odd that there isn’t anything we can point to and see his acting ability. usually I’d be embedding a video clip or something here to give you some idea of his acting range. We’ll just have to wait and see.