Why Cyborg’s Best DCEU Future Is In Wonder Woman 3 (Not The Flash)

The best future for Cyborg (Ray Fischer) might not be in the upcoming film, The Flash, but in Wonder Woman 3. Debuting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Victor Stone was a football player for the Gotham Knights who survived a horrific accident that killed his mother. With nothing left, his father, Silas Stone (Joe Morton), revived his son as Cyborg using an extraterrestrial energy source known as the Mother Box. Alienated and disillusioned from the world, feeling that he is no longer human, Cyborg is the loneliest character in the DCEU who thinks nobody can understand him, but he's wrong.

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Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), also known as Diana Prince, can feel that same pain in her chest and this is made especially clear in the wake of Wonder Woman 1984. The sequel to Wonder Woman proved not as successful as its predecessor, but it did manage to expand on Diana's character and help to show how alone she is. Once the princess of the Amazons, an ancient race of female warriors, she left her island of Themyscira to go on a quest to understand and save humanity. Over Wonder Woman and its sequel, Diana continues to lose hope in humanity as everything is taken from her piece by piece, and in The Justice League, she even loses Themyscira after an enemy invasion all but reduces it to rubble.

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Both Cyborg and Wonder Woman had given up on humanity, both lost everything and both blame themselves for a large majority of the surrounding loss. More than any other two characters in the DCEU, The Flash (Ezra Miller) included, they understand what it's like to be an outsider, someone who doesn't belong. Barry Allen, or The Flash, certainly understands grief, having mourned his mother's murder while his father was wrongly convicted of the crime, but he doesn't have the same obligation or detachment to humanity as Cyborg and Wonder Woman does.

Wonder Woman Can Help Cyborg Through His Trauma

Each character has to learn to love humanity again. Cyborg, being the heart of Zack Snyder's Justice League, begins to learn this lesson in the movie's final moments. He spends all his time trying to avoid the responsibilities that he believes have been unfairly pushed on him, and in doing so pushes away any honest connection he could have. He considers himself a monster, something inhuman, and Wonder Woman can relate to him like no other. Even Superman, who is arguably the most alien of the current Justice League, considers himself a human before a Kryptonian, an ancient alien race of warriors, as seen in Man of Steel.

Wonder Woman goes through loss after loss, outliving everyone around her while never being able to be honest with anyone. The one person she could confide in, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), dies in the finale of Wonder Woman, leaving her alone. With her experience through her own trauma, Wonder Woman might be the only person who can fully understand Cyborg. With the future of the DCEU being uncertain, Wonder Woman 3 has a unique opportunity to work with some of the things that made the franchise unique and relatable as well as expand on character intricacies that helped give the DCEU the following it has today. Instead of bringing in new characters, or focusing too much on future films, Wonder Woman 3, even more than The Flash, has a chance to focus the film on two of DC's most beloved bleeding hearts and to heal the traumas each has survived.

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