With “Justice League” a failure, plans for the future of film adaptations of DC Comics titles seem to be on hold. While Warners has four DC films scheduled between now and the end of 2019 on the way, other proposed films like “The Flash,” ‘Green Lantern Corps.” and “Cyborg” are stuck in development.
That’s a shame for actor Ray Fisher who scored some of the least harsh notices out of “Justice League” for his character work as the half-man/half-robot Cyborg. Fisher hoped he’d get a shot at a solo movie, but in a new interview at Heroes & Villains FanFest (via Comicbook.com) he says another reason the “Cyborg” film isn’t progressing is basic economics:
“I can’t comment on that [the status of ‘Cyborg’] specifically because they don’t tell me anything until the very last minute. There’s a ton of people making those kinds of decisions behind the scenes. And it would be a very, very costly movie to make because it is so CGI heavy with Cyborg, because I’m the only member of the League that’s not in a practical costume. You’re going to be looking at $200 million just to make it. So it’s one of those things you have to take into consideration. It’s a numbers game for some people at the end of the day. If we keep making noise, it can happen. It’s about what the people want. And that’s what people understand, that’s what they recognize.”
At that price a “Cyborg” film would have to make around the same as “Justice League,” just over $600 million, just to break even. That’s a tall order considering the character is arguably the most unknown of the team. The character will next be seen in the DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” with a different actor taking over the role.