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9th-Aug-2011 10:37 am
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I got in my car this morning and turned on NPR to hear this lovely little commentary on the lack of diversity in Hollywood superhero movies.
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9th-Aug-2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize so many morons read/listened to NPR.

I would have loved John Stewart as Green Lantern. With Anthony Mackie as the lead. Honestly, the under 35 demo probably is more familiar is more with John Stewart than Hal Jordan, both through the JL cartoon *and* the comics. Not that I'm wanting to encourage ageism, but that seems to be Hollywood's reason for a lot of things. If the film was truly going for the "original", they should have gone with the Alan Scott character.

Personally, I believe part of the reason the X-Men movies went back to the 60's was so they could get away with an all white cast.


Edited at 2011-08-09 07:59 pm (UTC)
10th-Aug-2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
It's not just the X-Men movie - all those recent remakes are recycling very classic heroes that have been around for ages. And of course they're pretty much all White and everyone can join in claiming "it's just authentic!!!1". >:/
11th-Aug-2011 12:26 am (UTC)
Same here. I mean, When I was little Hal was still the Green Lantern, but I never got into the character until John Stewart on the Justice League cartoon. Hal has the distinction of being the dullest of the current GL crop. Guy Gardner, Kyle and John are much more dynamic in my mind where Hal is just kind of a generic fly-boy.

But to be fair, 'First Class' wasn't all white although I will be the first to admit that they could have used the Darwin and Angel much better.
12th-Aug-2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the under 35 demo probably is more familiar with John Stewart than Hal Jordan, both through the JL cartoon *and* the comics. Not that I'm wanting to encourage ageism, but that seems to be Hollywood's reason for a lot of things.

You may have nailed a lot of the problem--the Powers That Be in Hollywood are, overwhelmingly, white male boomers through Gen X-ers--with a tendency to project their comfort zone onto perceived audiences.
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10th-Aug-2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
This. I remember thinking how about in X-men First Class how both of the main characters were modeled off of Civil Rights figures--Xavier as MLK Jr, and Magneto as Malcolm X. Yet the only mutants that were minorities were Darwin and Angel (I'm not that familiar with either of those characters--my X-Men First Class runs more with the comics, who apart from Beast those characters weren't featured in the new movie because they'd been in all the other ones), and Darwin was killed early on and Angel became a bad guy. Not sure if that came from the comics originally, but honestly it doesn't matter.
10th-Aug-2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
Well, Magneto is Jewish, but yeah, I get what you mean.
11th-Aug-2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Whoops. I can't believe that slipped my mind. But still, he was a bad guy too even though you're obviously meant to empathize with him.
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