With Warner Bros. using 2016s Batman vs. Superman as a launching pad for the big screen Justice League franchise, fans have been eagerly waiting to find out which characters will be appearing in the movie. While DCs most famous heroes Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman were obvious inclusions, with over fifty years of Justice League history there are dozens of characters that could be included. Warner Bros. continued to roll out the roster this past week by announcing that the fourth member of the big screen Justice League will be Vic Stone AKA Cyborg, who will be portrayed by stage actor Ray Fisher in Batman vs. Superman. Cyborg is a half-man, half-machine superhero whose robot parts give him superhuman strength, durability and enable him to connect to any computer system in the world. Being part-machine, he also has a variety of advanced weaponry connected to him that make Iron Man look like a kid with a water gun. While Cyborg has long been part of the DC Comics Universe, he's obviously not as well-known by casual fans as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. However, Cyborg shouldn't be shortchanged as a rookie addition to the upcoming Justice League movie because he has a fascinating history as a character. Here are seven facts about Cyborg in and out of comics that you ought to know and might also surprise you.
7. Cyborg Was Created Over 30 Years Ago
Everyone knows A-list DC superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman and many also know about DC's second-tier heroes like Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Green Arrow. In comparison, Cyborg might seem like a new superhero most moviegoers. However, when Cyborg appears in 2016's Man of Steel movie it will be a few months shy of the character's thirty-sixth birthday. Cyborg first appeared in October 1980's DC Comics Presents #26 by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, which featured the debut of the New Teen Titans. He was established as a core member of the popular superhero team that also featured better-known superhero sidekicks like Robin and Kid Flash. The ensuing New Teen Titans comic series was one of the best-selling comic books of the early 1980s and is considered by comic book fans as one of the best series of its era.
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