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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Whenever an actor is cast as comic book character of any importance, people always want to know how connected they are- or were– to the source material. 

Were they fans of the character growing up?

Did they read the books?

What version of the character did they personally connect with?

People like to know this stuff and so, naturally, Ray Fisher was recently asked about his influences now that he’s set to make a big splash as Cyborg in next year’s Justice League. Here’s what he told the audience during a panel at Rhode Island Comic-Con this weekend:

“I actually grew up watching a lot of these cartoons – a lot of the animated series. Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, all the stuffthat would come onto Cartoon Network. My first encounter with Cyborg was through the Teen Titans cartoon.

“You know, 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.”

It sounds like Fisher really sparked to the human side of these heroes, and not just how badass they can be. It also sounds like Teen Titans can be cited as a major influence for Fisher, which makes a ton of sense. The Cyborg depicted in that cartoon has been- to date- arguably the most popular version of that character.

He went on, though, by describing how Zack Snyder and his fellow DCEU architects worked to prep Fisher once he was cast as Cyborg for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League:

“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.”

So it sounds like Fisher has a really well-rounded background for who Cyborg is. We’ll get our first real taste of what that will look like when Justice League comes out next November. He’s also rumored to appear in The Flash, and there are some who still think he’ll get a solo movie down the line. Anyone who listens to the LOS FANBOYS Podcast knows how I feel about the prospects of that last bit.

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.