A new Justice League six-second bumper from Warner Bros. features Ray Fisher’s Cyborg for the first time on film uttering the character’s signature catchphrase “Booyah.” The inclusion of the catchphrase, along with certain other images featured in Justice League marketing, seems to indicate that the newest DCEU film will try to lighten the tone a least a little after the super-intensity of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The somewhat self-explanatory character Cyborg made his DCEU debut in Batman V Superman, and is set to have a greatly expanded role in Justice League, along with a new origin story dreamed up just for the movies. The character was first introduced in comic books in the ’80s, and later became a popular fixture on the Teen Titans animated series, voiced by Khary Payton. It was on Teen Titans that Cyborg became associated with the exclamation “Booyah.”
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Fisher’s “Booyah“, it must be said, is somewhat subdued compared to the many spirited “Booyahs” offered by Khary Payton on the animated Teen Titans.
Needless to say there is a huge gulf tone-wise, and stakes-wise, between the Teen Titans series and the huge-budget Justice League. That being the case, many fans wondered if Cyborg’s “Booyah” would make it into the new movie at all, or be left out for being a just little too silly. After Justice League trailers started dropping and people saw Aquaman flying through the air hurling tridents through flying insects, not to mention all the Batman one-liners, the notion of Cyborg dropping a “Booyah” or two started seeming a lot less incongruous.
That being said, we shouldn’t expect Ray Fisher’s Justice League version of Cyborg to just be a knock-off of the Teen Titans take on the character. In a recent interview, Fisher made it clear that the movie Cyborg is its own thing, a more “grounded” and “real” take on the character than we’ve seen before.
Interestingly, Cyborg was one character who was reportedly reworked quite a bit during the movie’s expensive reshoot process, after Joss Whedon took over for Snyder. One wonders if “Booyah” would have made it had the notoriously super-serious Snyder carried through on finishing the film. “Booyah” definitely seems like more of a Whedon touch, but then again, we don’t even know if the catchphrase is in the movie or is something that was included just for the bumper. We’ll find out when Justice League finally hits theaters whether Cyborg gets to drop one or multiple renditions of his favorite word. Cyborg gets his own standalone movie in 2020.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures