Everything You Need to Know About Cyborg

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The Hall of Justice is sure getting crowded. Joining Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film is Cyborg (per The Hollywood Reporter), a half man/half machine superhero who is fitted with cybernetic limbs after an accident destroys most of his body. Theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast in the role as the Justice Leaguer. A virtual unknown in Hollywood, Fisher is best known for portraying Muhammad Ali in a Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man. Warner Bros. and DC have been accused of adding too much too fast to their cinematic mythos, and not taking the slow and steady route a la Marvel, but the studio’s brazen pace shows no signs of slowing down with this latest announcement.

If the name “Cyborg” doesn’t ring any bells, we wouldn’t blame you. The character was a solidly B or C list DC superhero for years, but has enjoyed a recent upswing in popularity thanks to an upgraded role in the comic book universe. For those who are a little fuzzy on the details, we’ve provided a guide to tell you everything you need to know about the hero.

— Cyborg first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980

— In the original comics continuity, Cyborg was originally a member of the Teen Titans, but in the recently rebooted DC comic book universe, The New 52, the character has been retconned into one of the seven founding member of the Justice League.

— In his original comic book origins, Victor is the son of Silas and Elinore Stone, married scientists who decide to use their child as a test subject for various scientific experiments. They boost his intelligence through various procedures, and Victor’s IQ explodes to genius-levels. With a growing intellect, Victor becomes resentful of his parents. He loses interest in school and begins to get into trouble at school and with the law. While visiting his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs, an experiment in cross-dimensional portals goes awry. A monster crosses through a portal and kills Victor’s mother. The monster then destroys much of Victor’s body before Silas can send the creature back through the portal. Desperate to help his son, Silas outfits Victor’s damaged body with experimental technology that saves his life, but permanently alters his physical appearance.

— Victor is initially horrified by his new appearance. After being ostracized by his former friends and kicked off the football team, Victor joins the Teen Titans, a group of teenage heroes that are similarly outcast due to their gifts. On the team, he joins the likes of Wonder Girl, Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash, Raven, and Beast Boy. Victor’s father, feeling guilty over the way he treated his son over the years, constructs the Titans Tower, a home base for the team of young heroes. Victor finds acceptance in this new group of friends, who appreciate Victor’s abilities, and see past his disfigurements.

— In The New 52, DC’s updated comic book canon, Victor “Vic” Stone is a promising high school football player with an strained relationship with his father, Silas, a gifted scientist at S.T.A.R. labs. Victor gets into a heated argument with Silas that ends with a laboratory explosion that kills several people and mutilates Victor’s body. Distraught over his son’s injuries, Silas uses various alien technologies to repair Victor’s body, turning him into Cyborg. Soon after, Victor helps Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Flash defeat Darkseid. After battling alongside his fellow heroes, Cyborg becomes a founding member of the Justice League. Victor eventually comes to terms with his new body and is able to forgive his father.

— Thanks to his advance cybernetics, Cyborg possesses a genius intellect, superhuman strength, super speed, advanced weaponry, near-invulnerability, teleportation technology through boom tubes, flight, and can interface with nearly all forms of technology.

— Unfortunately, Cyborg’s cybernetics also leave him vulnerable to hacking.

— Throughout his comic book history, Cyborg has gone through several different cybernetic transformations and aliases. Over the years, he has been referred to Cyberion, Technis, Omegadrome, Sparky, and Cyborg 2.0. As Cyberion, Cyborg slowly became less human in outlook before reverting back to his normal self.

— The character’s first on-screen appearance was in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, the last incarnation of the Super Friends. His character was voiced by Ernie Hudson.

— Cyborg has appeared in several films and television shows throughout the years, but is probably most well-known from the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans, an anime-inspired take on the Teenage superhero team.

— The character has also appeared in the DC animated films Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, and Lego Batman: The Movie as well as the television series Smallville, and Teen Titans Go!. The Smallville version of the character is notable for having all of the cybernetics enhancements under the skin.