Slashfilm had this little story.
This has led to the inevitable "But Johnny Storm is white" stuff. And you know, I get it. But, let me ask a question here; why not?
I mean, is it only okay to have side characters in comic movies change ethnicity? (Like Billy Dee Williams' Harvey Dent or Laurence Fishburn as Perry White in the upcoming Man of Steel [which, can we admit, is just freaking bad ass.]) It seems like the only time people like the ethnicity change is for the stupid concept of "Urbanizing" the character. That pisses me off.
That's why I'm excited for Laurence Fishburn's Perry White. Fishburn is an actor with a great degree of gravitas and presence to every role he fills. I'm a huge fan and my only sadness is that he won't be playing a bigger role. Imagine if he filled the role of General Zod.... The very idea excites me. Not that Michael Shannon will do a bad job. I actually think that's inspired casting. I'm just a really, really, really big Laurence Fishburn fan. The man does no wrong in my book.
And my love for him has nothing to do with the color of his skin. Even as a child, the naive little kid who didn't understand that racism was a thing, I've never really given a crap about people's appearances, ethnicity or otherwise. Pointing it out and freaking out about it is such an alien concept to me.
Let's get really crazy here. I'm a Batman fan. No, I'm a Batman fanboy. The Nolan films will be how I think of Batman for the rest of my life. But, what if the next incarnation of Batman was black? OH NO!!!!
WHO CARES?! You mean to tell me that Idris Elba couldn't pull that off? I think he would be amazing as the next Bruce Wayne. (In fairness, I'm an Idris Elba fanboy, too.) The final steps to getting over racism is to stop caring that people have different shades of pigment, no matter what the situation is.
I know that cultural change takes time. And that's fine. But, we were kind of done with segregation a few decades ago. So, stop with the argument that "But they're taking all of our parts?" What do you mean they? Our parts? You mean these fictional characters? Are you telling me that David Hasselhof was better than Sam Jackson as Nick Fury? No, you're not telling me that. As for people taking our characters... As long as the creators of the source material don't care, why should you? It's this mentality of "those people" taking "our things" that's part of the problem. It's time to get over it.
The real question here is not whether or not the Human Torch should be black. The question is does anyone still care about the Fantastic Four?
Because I don't.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I make it slightly known that I don't have the greatest love for comics, save for my youth-derived passion for Batman. I generally enjoy the movie adaptations more than I do the source material, but lately, I'm kind of done with both.
I liked Iron Man 3 just fine, in fact, I think I liked it a bit better than Avengers. But, the movies are starting to do what the comics do... They never freaking end. And I hate that. I like closure, even when it's dark. Iron Man 3 felt like a logical closure point, but I feel like it might not happen, and that saddens me. I think you should do like Nolan did with Batman; end it. It's more satisfying. Or, if you to, do the James Bond route and just accept that things change and get new actors. Challenge audiences to be okay with new actors in the same roles. But challenge yourself (referring to the creative minds behind the comic movies out there) to not always rehash the same nonsense. But whatever. I'm not particularly enthused with comic movies right now.
When I heard they were doing a SHIELD series, I don't know what my first thought was, other than I figured, since Whedon would be seeing to the initial tone of the series, that it would be in good hands. And I'm not a Whedon fanboy. But the man can write. I think my second thought was that I really didn't care. It was a sort meh moment where I thought there wasn't much room for interesting story in a universe filled with mighty super heroes.
But then, I wondered if I was wrong about this one case. He is a beloved character and he is too cool to keep dead.
Still, I found myself ultimately torn on the whole series.
And then I watched the trailer. I realized this wasn't purely comic book area. This was something more. And something more interesting than I was expecting. Color me excited. And impressed.
I don't know why I didn't just assume "Joss Whedon + series + colorful characters + Clark Gregg = Obvious Decision." Maybe because I'm short-sighted. In fact, I bet all of you comic experts and Whedon fans are rolling your eyes at me right this minute, thinking of how stupid I am for not realizing this would be good.
Well, I was wrong. I'm not a television series guy, but this interesting view of things from the perspective of people who are specifically NOT the superheroes is something I can get behind. Seeing the world through their eyes is a perspective we don't often get and it's the perfect place for a television show.
I wonder if it's too early to start predicting who gets the "Whedon treatment" (as in, killed unexpectedly.)
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The Void Zone Episode 77, or "Farewell, Gomez. And Don't Forget Your Towel! Or, wait... Different 42."
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