Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher headlined Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland this weekend and took the time to sit with fans to talk about getting into acting and their experiences on Justice League.
Below is some of the Q & A from the panel:
Q: How did you get into acting?
Ray Fisher: I actually got into acting when I was in high school. I had a high school English teacher who directed the musicals and I was a class clown, and I loved to talk, make jokes and be in the center of everything. He came up to me one day and asked, “why don’t you come and try out for the show?” and it was Into the Woods, and I ended up playing the wolf and one of the narrators in that and fell in love with it. I made a lot of really good friends that I am still friends with to this day.
Ezra Miller: I played Jack in Into the Woods in middle school and it’s still probably the best performance I’ve every laid down. When I was a kid, I got really into opera and started singing opera, and that got me into a lot of other forms of acting and performing on stage.
Q: Is there any dream role you would like to play in the future?
Ezra Miller: I would like to play a guy that works at Blockbuster, and Netflix just comes out and he’s so mad, but in all seriousness Edgar Allen Poe.
Ray Fisher: For me, I think I would love to play Muhammed Ali in some sort of film adaptation. We haven’t had anything recently and I played him off Broadway a few years ago, but I would like to participate in something like that.
Q: Is there a favorite role that you guys have played?
Ray Fisher: Cyborg is the favorite role for me, and I know its because of the experience working with Jason [Momoa] and Ezra and Zack Snyder and the people that put all of their passion and their love into the film. It’s an experience I will never forget.
Q: What were the challenges working with two directors on this film, and What sort of prep went into it?
Ray Fisher: Comic book prep-wise, once I booked the role, I was sent everything from the original iteration up through the new 52. I read a different comic every night, and by the time we got to shooting which was about two years after booking the role, I had pretty much read everything on the character. Working with two different directors, we had a bit of a tough time with Zack [Snyder] having to step away, and I think we all owe him a great debt of gratitude for bringing us into his vision for Justice League, but at the end of the day, I think that the best way to honor him is to do what you have to do and put your best foot forward no matter who’s at the helm.
Ezra Miller: I felt we were ultimately, all things considered, immensely fortunate to work with Zack [Snyder] and to work with Joss [Whedon]. We got to work with two of the most incredible behemoths of the industry and I feel really blessed to have had that experience. We are deeply grateful. I also read all of the Cyborg comics.
Q: What defines your characters in Justice League?
Ezra Miller: I would say humility is the center point for how I play the character. There are a lot of cocky superheroes out there, and it’s a natural side effect of having superpowers. I was interested in Barry’s admiration of others and his journey from a place of low self-esteem to a place of embracing that in oneself as a way to get out of your own way and let the speed force run through you.
Ray Fisher: For Cyborg, I would say that the heart of his character is resilience, and being able to take the situation he is currently in which is seemingly not very admirable in that he has had his body taken from him, and he has lost his mother and everything he holds dear, but he is able to pick himself back up and rebuild the world around him. He has self-esteem issues for a different reason as he seems to have his whole world ahead of him. He is super smart, he is a great athlete, he could grow up to play professional sports, but everything is taken away from him in one fell swoop. What do you do when your whole world is shifted and everything seems to turn upside down? Are you able to adapt and adjust and be resilience to that in life? I think as human beings, we find that out and we live that. I can count a number of times in my life where life has really turned on itself, and I think that is really the heart of the character.
Q: What were your favorite moments on the set of Justice League?
Ray Fisher: There were definitely a lot of great moments on Justice League. There was a lot of downtime, sometimes hours, and Jason [Momoa] had a whole band set up in his trailer, and Ezra and I would talk philosophy and raid the snacks. They were all good memories.
Q: What was it like seeing the Batcave?
Ezra Miller: Honestly it was one of the greatest experienced of my life. The Batcave was its fullest when I did my day of work on BvS and it was stunning. There were floating staircases and running water. They had all of the vehicles, and it was really full and complete. It was so cool and such an amazing experience. Those set directors are amazing.
Ray Fisher: I geeked out when I saw the work out room where Bruce Wayne trains, and I thought the weights were prop weights, and I was really surprised. The level of design and intricacy is amazing, and you’d be surprised what is practical and what is not.
You can see Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher as The Flash and Cyborg in Justice League out on DVD and Blu-Ray this month.