After the polarizing reception of Suicide Squad, it’s easy to feel a little less than confident in the DC Extended Universe right now. Despite , the third installment in the DCEU failed to impress critics and, in that respect at least, the shared narrative universe currently lags behind that of the Marvel Cinematic and Fox-Marvel Universes.
But box office returns bolster the universe, and the next few releases on the slate still give us plenty to get excited about. The , for one thing.
One of the surprising but welcome things about the Justice League trailer was the obvious injection of some light-hearted humor — something that the DCEU has been severely lacking ever since Man of Steel presented a grim take on DC’s flagship hero, Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill).
Much of this levity came from Barry Allen/Flash (Ezra Miller), but even Ben Affleck’s grim faced Bruce Wayne/Batman managed to crack a few jokes. Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) is one face we didn’t see a whole lot of in the Justice League trailer, and his solo vehicle isn’t expected until 2020, but a new report from Variety has kicked up a lot of sand around his character.
Variety released a statement saying that sources have confirmed that Ray Fisher will appear in the upcoming Flash movie. Now this isn’t the first time we’ve heard whisperings of this nature, as producer Deborah Snyder teased his appearance in a Forbes interview around the time Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released:
“As you can imagine, when we get to the Flash movie, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher — who plays Cyborg — are kind of our youngest characters, and they have a really nice comradery with each other. Ezra is super funny, so the tone of that film will be very different than the rest of them.”
Even before the cool reception of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, Warner and DC were already planning to mix things up when the rest of the Justice League got involved. There’s a lot to be said for the DCEU, but as a young franchise it’s still having trouble striking the correct tone.
Marketing itself as a more mature take on the genre was a good way to differentiate the DCEU from the MCU and Fox-Marvel, but and the utter lack of levitity has made for a depressing slog thus far. If there’s nothing good to fight for in the DCEU, why bother?
Placing Cyborg in the Flash movie sounds like a means by which to spark off a new dynamic — something that we’ve already seen in the Justice League trailer through the interactions between Batman and Flash. Fleshing out the Justice League means bringing in numerous characters of differing personalities and letting them bounce off each other, and from the sound of things, Cyborg and Flash could be the buddy cop bromance the DCEU needs.
It’s curious that this is the pairing Warner and DC have opted for though, as in the comics the great friendship of the Justice League (Superman and Batman aside) is that of Flash and Green Lantern, not Flash and Cyborg.
Likely the age dynamic mentioned by Snyder has something to do with it, as odds are Green Lantern will be a little older . Until then though, we’ve got plenty of time to come up with for Cyborg and Flash. Clash Bros anyone? You know it makes sense.
Justice League — Part One is set to release November 17, 2017, with the solo Flash movie coming March 16, 2018.