Much has been said, of course, about the infamous Justice League reshoots that new director Joss Whedon has taken over since last spring from Zack Snyder. Now, actor Joe Morton, who plays Cyborg’s dad/investor Dr. Silas Stone in the film, has revealed to IGN some of the details of the reasons for the extra work.
In essence, it seems, changing the tone of the character has been a key reason for the new shots and additional filming for Justice League.
In a phone interview, Morton said:
“Well, the stuff that I had to do were just really small little bits and pieces, nothing necessarily having to do with tone. I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about”
Morton also thinks that the way the character is being portrayed is in part of homage to Stone’s role as Dr. Miles Dyson, the inventor of Skynet in the Terminator franchise.
“It feels that way for sure. It feels because I’ve obviously gained a reputation for the guy who played the scientist who rebuilds something that’s not quite human. Frankenstein is what I always thought of Miles was, in a way, the modern day Frankenstein. And I suppose in a certain sense so is Silas Stone.”
IGN also asked him what Morton thinks Dr. Stone may feel about what he’s done to Victor to save Cyborg, to which Morton gave a lengthy explanation:
“I think you’re correct. It is unintended consequences and then at first it’s not looked upon by Victor as something that’s correct. Unlike the other members of the Justice League, Victor has no alias, he has no way of hiding behind another personality or some sort of mask in order to protect themselves. He is very much like Frankenstein [Frankenstein’s Creature] again in that there’s no disguising who he is. So that what I think ends up happening is that section of the movie and certainly that character, Cyborg, is a metaphor for being The Other. Which is why I’m glad it’s being played by — that I’m playing dad and Victor is a black, young man. Because I think that is the metaphor in a certain way, that it is talking about what it means to be The Other. Even if you have something that you can contribute to society, very often society doesn’t view you that way. Because when you are The Other, the first response by the mainstream, if you will, is to ostracize. So I think that’s what Victor’s fears are. He has to figure out how to overcome before he then eventually becomes benevolent and understands that the powers that he has can be used for great good.”
Justice League will hit theaters on November 17, 2017.