So, with all love pouring in for the Justice League Snyder Cut trailer, I find myself thinking about Ray Fisher.
See when Zack was talking about this movie he made it seem like it was fundamentally supposed to be a Cyborg film with some elements about Superman but when I watched it, I was disappointed. I don’t have to tell you why: There was barely any Cyborg and NOTHING about Victor Stone before his accident.
Then I got so upset when I heard the abuse Ray Fisher allegedly had to endure from Joss Whedon, who had to take over the final production of the film. It made me upset because this film, for all intents and purposes, was supposed to be Ray Fisher’s breakout moment and instead he was treated and edited into nothing more than a machine and if you know anything about Cyborg, he is so much more than that.
I started to do my own research into Joss Whedon as a whole and taking REAL looks into his career and I came across a common element: The man doesn’t do a lot for Black Leads. He just doesn’t. From Buffy: The Vampire Slayer to Dollhouse to Agents of Shield, the man has not really had a good run with them, in my opinion.
I mean it is one thing to slightly change the tone of a movie but it’s a WHOLE other thing to almost exclusively edit out the backstory of the main Black character. A Black character who is and has been vital to Justice League for forever long. I mean does he just have a problem with Victor Stone? Does he have a problem with Ray Fisher? Cause honestly this is so unfair to Ray Fisher, to the anticipating audience and to Black people who have always loved and seen themselves in Victor Stone.
If Joss Whedon and Ray Fisher were having problems it definitely translated on-screen and I am hoping that Zack will do right by his original vision and spotlight Victor Stone more, in his cut of the film.
With the announcement that Zack Snyder’s theatrical cut of the film will be released next year, I just hope they do right by Cyborg.