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Why don’t we have any black superheroes movies in this new generation of Marvel/DC super blockbusters?? This is not a racially charged question, I’m just sayin, there are anywhere from 10-100 different types of “power” in the comic book world, be it the super soldier serum or Mutants found in the marvel universe or the alien race and metahumans that exist in the DC universe. Both sides have their overly wealthy characters that can use their money to compensate for their lack of power. There’s even a Wakandan Prince who’s filthy rich and has a backstory rooted in family legacy and an alien power source that only exists in that tiny corner of the world, but somehow African Americans (or any other “minority”) have not successfully made it to the big screen in a big box office release since this 21st Century wave of comic book mega movies has started. And I’m definitely including Mr. July 4th himself, Will Smith as Hancock, not a banger.
First and foremost I must pay homage to the classics from our great writers/comic book fans Robert Townsend ‘Meteor Man’ and Damon Wayans ‘Blankman’, and I’m not neglecting the ass kicking handed out in the hell-soldier themed ‘Spawn’ starring Black Dynamite himself Michael Jai White, but that was 20+ years ago, the first two of those 4 movies were put out during a time when the world was still coming off Christopher Reeves as the Man of Steel and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight so you tell me? Robert Townsend and Damon Wayans were comedians and even though both of their movies took place in very serious times and in very serious neighborhoods with plots that could have truly spoke to the plight of the characters and settings that were being fictionalized that is usually overshadowed by the comedy that was expected and given from the two greats, but again, that was 20+ years ago. Ever since X-Men started the new wave of superheroes movies in 2000, and we got a glimpse of a blonde wigged Halle Berry (btw Catwoman doesn’t count either) I’ve been waiting for a good character to get revamped and expressed as his African American alternate version. Michael Jai White woulda killed as John Stewart in Green Lantern! That’s what the kids were used to at the time, even the big kids who still watched cartoons, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited had the Marine vet wearing the famed mantle of the Green Lantern, then they had to go and reintroduce and recreate a whole new Hal Jordan attached to a wack cartoon, could’ve just done a spin off cartoon of JL and things might’ve transitioned better.
Maybe Hollywood doesn’t want to open that door all the way quite yet, look what we’ve been presented with, the aforementioned *groans* Catwoman, , Hancock, and Street Fighter, The Legend of Chun-Li (remember I said this is not a racial thing). There is indeed a wide array of superheroes incarnations and any of them could be brought to light on the big screen, but these are big budget films we’re dealing with, lots of money. Is the world ready for the Half Latino- Half African American incarnation of Spiderman introduced in 2011? Well they didn’t cast Donald Glover as Peter Parker for the reboot (Amazing Spiderman) even with his large online campaign and various nods during his role on Community. At the end of the day it all does come back to money, what do the people want to see? Maybe we just need to get somebody like John Favre or Christopher Nolan to take interest in alternative versions of characters from the superheroes universe. Or do they really not care? The majority of our superhero’s are Caucasian male, they are who we grew up reading and watching, and their image is as recognizable as their logo. Would we like Superman anymore if he were a brother? Probably not, he’d still be a “cheat move” in the Superheroes world as far as I’m concerned, so he’d still be a punk bitch. But Hell, the world is different now, Kick Ass showed us that norms aren’t normal anymore, and the decade is still young so perhaps we will see an influx of color being portrayed on the big screens. The kids making their parents pay $22.50 for the big budget films have no sense of history when it comes to the classics, so if the effort is put into revamping a character’s image to go along with a change in his ethnicity the leap might just be worth it, financially. And that would make it good for everybody… that has their hands in the pot.
Black, white, yellow, purple, don’t matter to me as long as the story line matches the effects, that’s why I’m a Ninja Turtles fan, their ethnicity is up to the viewers discretion. and they are mutant which is always code for ethnic. AND they're frickin ninjas and they're frickin Turtles that ate pizza. Even still, I won’t be satisfied until I see a Super Friends movie with politically correct named members; Black Bolt? Apache Chief? Tsunami?? Come on… #IJS
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