I SUPPORT BLACK SUPERHEROES [Belser-Verse, Part 15.2]: Vic-Tory!

Teen Titans Go! (2013-present)

Cyborg returns in the spin-off series Teen Titans Go! with Khary Payton reprising his role. Like the previous series, he is Beast Boy’s best friend and his favorite food is burgers. In this show, Cyborg is half and half on the fact that he’s part robot as while he misses some things he had as a human (the sweet feeling of knee skin), he also enjoys the cool things half robots do. When not fighting crime, he is depicted as being a lazy slob, which has made him very knowledgeable of 80s culture.

He also has a relationship with Jinx, which the Titans disapprove of due to Jinx being a member of the H.I.V.E. Five.

Starfire, Cyborg, Raven,  Beast Boy and  Robin appeared in the 2018 feature length animated film Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.  The plot has the team declare that they will go to Hollywood to have a film made about them. The film was a box office success, grossing over $52 million worldwide against a $10 million budget, and received positive reviews from critics for its animation quality, cast and storyline.
Too many Titans! The Teen Titans Go! and original Teen Titans animated series versions of Cyborg appear in the 2019 animated film Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, with Khary Payton reprising the role for both. In addition, several alternate versions of Cyborg appear throughout the film, which include his counterparts from Tiny Titans, the New Teen Titans comic, and the DC Animated Movie Universe.

Doom Patrol (2018-present)

You don’t get it! You think forcing me to relive this is torture? I relive this every time I go to sleep! I relive this when I close my eyes! You may know who I am but you don’t know shit about me! If you did, you would know that every criminal I bust, and every person I save, is me fulfilling a pledge to my mom that she’ll never get to hear! Trying to make her proud! Knowing I’m the reason she’s not around to see it! That’s my burden! That’s what it means to be Cyborg!” 
— Vic Stone

Cyborg as he appears on ‘ Doom Patrol’

In 2018, it was announced that Cyborg would be one of the main characters in Doom Patrol, one of the inaugural television web series on the streaming service DC Universe (the show has since moved to HBO Max). Portrayed by actor Joivan Wade, this version of Victor was born in 1996 as the son of Silas and Elinore Stone in Detroit. It is revealed that Vic’s father Silas is a colleague of Doom Patrol’s leader Niles Caulder and Vic has known Niles since the age of six. On June 13, 2014, while arguing with his mother in her lab, Vic angrily threw some chemicals across the room, which caused an explosion that killed Elinore, and left Vic severely injured. Silas then took Vic to S.T.A.R. Labs in the hopes of saving his life, which he managed to do by infusing Vic with cybernetic enhancements.

Shortly after the accident, Niles visited to check up on Vic and offered him the chance to come to his mansion estate Doom Manor with him. However, Vic declined the offer telling Niles that he had other plans. Around the same time, Vic becomes a vigilante crime-fighter and Detroit’s resident superhero. While searching for a missing Niles Caulder, Cyborg visits Niles’ mansion and meet his group of misfit heroes. His guilt over his mother’s death and his issues with his father causes Vic to bond with the flawed group and, using his established experience as a superhero, he becomes their defacto field leader. It is stated several times that Vic has aspirations of joining The Justice League. 

Young Justice: Outsiders (2019)

Cyborg appears in the DC Universe cartoon Young Justice: Outsiders, voiced by Zeno Robinson. Like the comics, Victor Stone was caught in an explosion at his father’s lab at a S.T.A.R. Labs building he caused accidentally that destroyed a portion of his body. Determined to save him, his father used a Father Box to try and heal the damage. This caused the Father Box to fuse technology and itself to Victor’s body, transforming him into Cyborg.

While this did save Victor’s life, he is now susceptible to being controlled by the Box’s programming, which immediately makes him violent.  Teen hero Halo uses her powers to temporarily restore his mind after a particular rampage. As Vic is angry at his father for turning him into a freak, he decides the best possible option for everyone is for him to leave with Halo, joining her and her team Young Justice.

DC Extended Universe

I was in an accident. I should’ve died. My father thought that he could use the Mother Box to rebuild the broken parts of me with a few cybernetic enhancements. Instead, he built a living machine that may be stronger than its host.
―Cyborg

Cyborg gets the big screen treatment  played by actor Ray Fisher.  Before Ray Fisher was cast as Cyborg, Michael B. Jordan was in early talks for the role of Cyborg. Fisher only wore a motion capture suit and a modified headlamp for his portrayal of Cyborg, with his body being constructed entirely with CGI. Cyborg’s body was still largely in development during the release of the trailers for Justice League, being more slim and jagged than the final product shown in the film.

This version of Victor Stone was born on June 29, 1994, in Gotham City. Victor Stone was an athlete and attended Gotham City University. However, his career was cut short when he was involved in a nearly fatal accident, that killed his mother and mutilated most of his body. He is reduced to nothing more than a torso, head, and half of his arms.

 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice( 2016)

Cyborg is first seen in a brief sequence of footage that is viewed by Wonder Woman. The footage was obtained by Lex Luthor who monitoring metahumans and it depicts Cyborg’s origin story.

His father Silas was desperate enough to try using a Mother Box in a final attempt to save his son’s life. The Mother Box self-activated and levitated over Victor, where it began crafting cybernetic body parts to replace his lost body parts (while simultaneously granting him knowledge it held). Although this saved Victor’s life, it was undoubtedly very painful, as Victor was seen screaming out in pain.

Justice League (2017)

Cyborg,  again played by Fisher, makes his first full appearance as one of the main characters in Justice League, released on November 17, 2017.

Since his transformation, Victor has been hiding in his father’s home, using his new abilities to interact with data streams and surveillance cameras, Victor became aware of Bruce’s interest in him. Tracking him down to his home, Victor was in the woods and he witnessed Bruce and Diana Prince talk about Steppenwolf and his first invasion of Earth.

Meeting in person, Victor told Diana that he had been doing some tracking, and the invaders they were after were sticking to the dead spots where they could not be detected. Diana tried to reach out to Victor and convinces him to join the fight against Steppenwolf.

The end of Justice League shows Cyborg working with his father to improve his cybernetics and appearance.

Fisher is scheduled to reprise the role in upcoming DCEU films including a stand-alone Flashpoint film and a sequel to Justice League. A stand-alone Cyborg film was initially scheduled for a release date of April 3, 2020, but it has since been delayed. Cyborg will appear in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) when it debuts on HBO Max.

DC Animated Universe

Cyborg has been used as a prominent member of The Justice League in a number of films in the DC Animated Universe series of straight-to video movies.

 


Cyborg appears in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, voiced by Michael B. Jordan. In the distorted Flashpoint timeline, Cyborg is America’s greatest superhero. He puts together a group to stop the war between Aquaman’s and Wonder Woman’s forces. When the heroes arrive to stop the Atlantean/Amazon war, Cyborg confronts Aquaman  and Cyborg ends up from dying from his wounds. His fate was, however, undone after  The Flash restores the world’s timeline.


Cyborg appears in Justice League: War, voiced by actor Shemar Moore.  This version follows the New 52 origin. The movie starts with Victor Stone as a a skilled football player (nicknamed “Victory”). However, Victor’s father deliberately misses his games, believing that his physical prowess of an ordinary human will be meaningless in the future world of superhumans. Victor’s mother already dead by the time the movie starts. At the beginning of the Apokolips invasion, Victor is hit by an energy blast and left without a right arm or left leg.

Barely alive, he is brought by his father to an advanced machine assembled by him from technology across the world. The process ends up with the machine fusing to his body. He was shown to be capable of interfacing with Apokoliptean technology, to the extent of halting the invasion by inverting all the Boom Tubes used for the invasion. In the final scene, when the heroes are being honored, Victor’s father is shown in the crowd, finally proud of his son as Vic becomes a member of The Justice League.

NOTE: This movie begins one direct storyline spread over several movies.


Cyborg appears in the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, with Shemar Moore reprising his role.  After the events of the Apokolips invasion, Cyborg is still adapting to not having a normal life. He resides at the Hall of Justice, which was built for the Justice League. He also has had some of his remaining internal organs replaced with machinery, allowing him to spend extended periods underwater or in space. A former assistant of his father’s,  Dr. Sarah Charles,  has a crush on him, tries numerous times throughout the film to ask him on date, but her indirect methods fail (although until the end of the movie he finally asks her out).

Cyborg appears in Justice League vs. Teen Titans, with Shemar Moore reprising his role. In the film, it is shown that he relates to the Titans more closely than the other members of the League, as he is closer in age to the Titans. While he remains with the Justice League, he visits the Titans on occasion.

Cyborg appears in the animated film The Death of Superman and its sequel Reign of the Supermen, with Shemar Moore reprising his role.

-JaDarrel Belser

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