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Old 01-14-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Race changing in Comic book movies

So there's something of an elephant in the room when it comes to recent comic book adaptations. Namely, that is taking a character that has traditionally been portrayed as white in comics and having black actors play them like Kingpin, Electro, and Perry....White. As well as making Human Torch black and heavy rumors of Denzel or Idris Elba as Lex Luthor in the new Superman franchise.

I was curious what people here's thoughts are on this. Feel free to be honest as I am pretty open minded. Of course characters who are defined by their racial heritage or their race plays an important part in their origin don't count, so the "You wouldn't like it if a white guy played Black Panther" argument can be retired for those who would play that card.

And finally, how would you honestly feel if they took it all the way and had a black actor or actor of another race play a major superhero like Batman or Superman?

Hopefully this discussion stays mature.
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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It doesn't bother me as long as they can pull the role off well

Although if iconic characters like Batman or Spiderman became Black i would want an explanation, even if it was as cheesy as Bruce Wayne died and Some hood rat took up the mantle.

IF they just brought in a black bruce wayne i think people would be mad.

I remember the giant kick off they had when Peter Parker died in the comics and now some black mexican teenager plays him.

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Old 01-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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Normally I don't really care. I'm happy they're trying to introduce diversity into comic books, considering that there were hardly any POC super heroes. It's refreshing to me.
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Sounds like there's probably a lack of black characters in the comics from the start, so they make more by simply using a black actor. A lack of black characters isn't bad, but there's always a group of people who will complain. So the studio are just avoiding that.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:41 PM   #5
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It doesn't bother me as long as they can pull the role off well

Although if iconic characters like Batman or Spiderman became Black i would want an explanation, even if it was as cheesy as Bruce Wayne died and Some hood rat took up the mantle.

IF they just brought in a black bruce wayne i think people would be mad.

I remember the giant kick off they had when Peter Parker died in the comics and now some black mexican teenager plays him.

I was with you until the "hood rat" part. Care to explain why he would automatically have to be a "hood rat/from the hood."
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I was with you until the "hood rat" part. Care to explain why he would automatically have to be a "hood rat/from the hood."
Exactly my thoughts. I hope there is some explanation o.o

Like you said unless it is part of the backstory and the race is part of their origin then there is no logical reason as to why its a bad thing. In fact I think it is just racist to say otherwise. And if it is a new adaption then there is no need for any explanation.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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Classic Hollywood.

If the comic book character is white, then he should be white in the damn movie. If he's black, he should black in the movie also. Next thing you know
they''ll cast Samuel L. Jackson as Superman for Christ's sake. (Although I'm sure he would do an excellent job.) If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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I was with you until the "hood rat" part. Care to explain why he would automatically have to be a "hood rat/from the hood."
Because there is no rich black people in gotham. Dead serious, look in any comics or the movies at every one of the charity events or functions they're all white.

I would have thought a black guy from the slums of gotham would have suited better. Happening apon the cave the way Joseph Levit did in Dark Knight Rises

This wasn't supposed to be some racial stereotype that all black people are ghetto.
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I don't understand making Torch black. Black Nick Fury is best Nick Fury though.

Also, imagine a white Luke Cage. Just think about that for a moment. It would be hilarious.
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I don't understand making Torch black. Black Nick Fury is best Nick Fury though.

Also, imagine a white Luke Cage. Just think about that for a moment. It would be hilarious.
Other then he works with Iron Fist i had no idea who Luke Cage was untill just now.

After a google search, i really hope this is true.
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