The mystery of the metahuman thesis, amongst the select other beings that possess unique abilities, is one of the many driving forces in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bruce’s investigation into it led to Diana’s curiosity, opening the files he stole from Lex. One of these files included the first appearance of Joe Morton as Silas Stone in the DC Extended Universe, using a Motherbox to inadvertently turn his son Victor into the half-man, half-machine Cyborg. In one of the trailers released for Justice League, Stone was seen chilled by a parademon lurking in his home.
Morton spoke with IGN about filming Justice League, particularly reshoots with Joss Whedon and how they affected the tone of the film:
Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces […] I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.
Adjusting both characters and the film overall is definitely welcomed if it makes sense, especially if the film in certain moments was as grim as its predecessor. Where the sensibility comes in is, like Morton says, how it “got translated in terms of the reshoots,” but we’ll have to wait to see how it all plays out.
Morton went on when he was asked about the Cyborg standalone and his involvement in Victor’s story, saying it was the “deal” as he understood it that “Silas will definitely be part of The Cyborg.” Furthermore, he makes the connection between Silas and a similar role he had in Terminator 2: Judgement Day as Dr. Miles Dyson. He considers them “modern day Frankensteins.”
It makes me curious about what the character dynamic will be like between father and son. Luckily, he expands on the story:
“It is unintended consequences and then at first it’s not looked upon by Victor as something that’s correct. Unlike the other members of the Justice League, Victor has no alias, he has no way of hiding behind another personality or some sort of mask in order to protect themselves. He is very much like Frankenstein [Frankenstein’s Creature] again in that there’s no disguising who he is. So that what I think ends up happening is that section of the movie and certainly that character, Cyborg, is a metaphor for being The Other. Which is why I’m glad it’s being played by — that I’m playing dad and Victor is a black, young man. Because I think that is the metaphor in a certain way, that it is talking about what it means to be The Other. Even if you have something that you can contribute to society, very often society doesn’t view you that way. Because when you are The Other, the first response by the mainstream, if you will, is to ostracize. So I think that’s what Victor’s fears are. He has to figure out how to overcome before he then eventually becomes benevolent and understands that the powers that he has can be used for great good.”
What we can conclude from this is that, initially, Victor does not like what his father has done to him. It sets him apart from everyone else, and that becomes a dilemma of Victor’s to deal with as he teams up with the Justice League. His path sounds somewhat similar to that of Superman’s, in what we’ve seen so far of him in the DCEU, so I do hope they make it unique to Cyborg’s character.
What role do you think Silas Stone will play in the DCEU? How he and his son interact? What character development do you expect Victor to undergo throughout Justice League into his solo film? Let us know and and follow us @GeekMotivation on Twitter for more news like this.
Written by Mike Guimond