Zack Snyder's Justice League proved that there was far more to Cyborg than the theatrical cut led jemmy to believe. Described as the “heart and soul" of the movie, Ray Fisher's performance as the character was a fantastic interpretation of the superhero.
Unfortunately, Joss Whedon's theatrical cut of Justice League didn't focus on Cyborg like the original did. In fact, the cut continually belittled the character and gave him a substantial nerf compared to the Snyder Cut.
Joss Whedon wanted Cyborg to be Drawn and Quartered
In unused plans for the Justice League reshoots, Whedon wanted a gruesome loss for Cyborg. Ray Fisher revealed in an interview with Empire (via CBM) that the Avengers director wanted to see character “Drawn and Quartered”.
Planned to be incorporated into the final battle with Steppenwolf, this horrific act got toned down. Instead of being ripped limb-by-limb, the character instead gets his leg torn off by the villain. This causes the character to have to crawl towards the Mother Boxes.
In the original cut of the movie, none of this happens. Snyder's original plans saw the other heroes fighting Steppenwolf while Cyborg focuses on separating the Mother Boxes. This concludes in an epic Flash sequence that sees the character reversing time to help Cyborg enter the Boxes. In the theatrical cut, Superman helps Cyborg move the Boxes apart while Flash saves a family.
“I had to try to rein those guys in,” Fisher said. “It was not a good look to essentially pull this Black man, who has already endured so much physical trauma, limb from limb.”
Ray Fisher vs Joss Whedon
In the interview, Fisher explains that this same scene was also to include an abelist joke about the character's body. Fisher fought with Whedon about a joke that would include the character stating that he couldn't feel his legs. In the theatrical cut, Cyborg instead states that his toes hurt, but he doesn't understand the physics of how.
In the past, Fisher has been very outspoken about the negative experiences the cast had with Whedon. From forcing a scene where The Flash falls on top of Wonder Woman that made actress Gal Gadot uncomfortable. The actor has accused Whedon of being "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” on set.
Ray Fisher is eager to return as Cyborg in the future, but his battles with Warner Bros are stopping that. In response to his exposure of Whedon and Geoff Johns, Warner Bros has reportedly cancelled his future appearances. Fisher had plans to play the character in the upcoming movie The Flash, but his role has been written out.
Perhaps the fan campaigns for Warner Bros to Restore the Snyderverse will see Fisher return in the future. At the end of the Snyder Cut, Cyborg is there with Batman in the apocalyptic future. Obviously, Snyder's plans for the character reached far into the future.