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"Have you heard about the casting rumors for Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four movie?"
"They are auditioning black actors. However, Sue Storm will be white."
"Well that doesn't work."
Well, it could. I'll get to that.
I don't mind Johnny Storm being played by a black guy. I have no issue with it. I don't mind Jamie Foxx playing Max Dillion/Electro, didn't mind Michael Clarke Duncan being the Kingpin, and hell, if Donald Glover took on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield is a lock for me now but let's keep in the frame of mind here) because like if you think about it, he can play a nerdy guy pretty well. And he can also act funny and dramatic.
Now many of you are saying, well Donald Glover can't be Peter Parker. He's black. Well Peter Parker is from New York, and Andrew Garfield is British. What difference does it make? If I can get behind the actor playing the part doesn't it just need to grasp the audience well enough to make you forget about racial differences?
And then there was a time where people got up in arms because Superman is British but Superman is supposed to be American. Well Superman is an alien, yes he's about truth justice and the American way (or all that stuff, per Superman Returns) but Thor is not American (still otherworldly, if we wanna get technical), and he protected Manhattan from an alien invasion. So even Cavill is British he's obviously trying to have a Yankee accent and not change the character's true sense of being so there.
I don't allow many comic book movie changes to get under my skin, if anything Spider-Man movies take the cake the most because well, look at my goddamn MFC name. The dude means a lot to me. And I mean that more in the Peter Parker sense, not in the Spidey sense, and this is coming from a guy who doesn't read Spidey comics (I'm very behind on Ultimate) because, ohhhh, guess what? Peter Parker is dead in both universes where Spider-Man still exists. So if you tell me that Peter Parker may be played by a black guy and he ACTS like Peter Parker, I don't give a fuck what race he is if I still get the same character. I may get stones thrown at me for saying this but it's 2013, give it up people, Doc Ock is Spider-Man now in the comic book world for christ sake, a black actor playing Parker is the least of our problems.
When Foxx got cast as Electro, I was like hmmm, not because of his race, but more of the whole "was that a good character choice?" After Django I'm more than fine with it, I'm not privy to Foxx's work much, but I'm excited for the choice after seeing what he can do. Now Paul Giamatti as the Rhino? That's a real WTF thing.
Johnny Storm is supposed to be this carefree ladies man, a true ass, and if a black actor can emulate this sort of atmosphere, then so be it. But if you choose to have a white actress play Sue, there better be a very solid back story as to how this came about. Audiences will want to know.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the times are changing like Bob Dylan says, and while we all know what is set in our minds as to what characters look like, three of the biggest "American" superheroes-Spidey, Bats, and Supes are ALL being played by British dudes. So what's to say that they couldn't be played by an actor of a different race?
I mean, a black Batman?
Think how awesome that would be for one fucking second.
If we can embraces Idris Elba playing James Bond then I don't think we can regress so much to say that we can't allow our superheroes some racial change.
As long as they are the same essence of what we know, then let the stones lie as they come and just hope for the best.