This is a blog that I am going to take very seriously, because to me it’s a very serious issue that is far too often overlooked and dismissed. Yesterday it was announced that Jamie Foxx may be playing as Electro in TASM2, while I am a huge fan of the first film this struck me as odd and honestly I dislike the idea. As a young black man far too often I see white characters reskinned as black ones( Catwoman, Nick Fury, Spider-Man, Baxter Stockman etc. )and I just don’t agree with that happening. I’ve been reading comics for a long time and there are plenty of black heroes that are swept away in favor of changing the race of anther one. Instead of doing that why can’t DC and Marvel( yes I will pick on them because I don’t have issues with Valiant or Image comics black characters )write these black superheroes in an appealing fashion, that isn’t to say that none of them are but many of them are not which is a shame because there are some great black superheroes.
The first two that come to mind for me are Icon and Static. Icon is cool he’s the equivalent to a black Superman and to this day one of my favorite heroes the problem? Where is he DC yeah he shows up on Young Justice with Rocket but where in the heck has he been in comics. This is a character with an interesting back story the guy has seen a lot and he seems to have been written off along with the rest of the Dakota City characters, except for Static who was handled so poorly in the N52 that his book was canceled and it deserved to be it was just plain BAD! All of this while there are far too many Bat-Family books and Superboy which I have no clue why it’s still in print as it is just as poor as Static was! My point is there is a treasure trove of black characters that are going to waste that could be written interestingly and instead we suffered through Mr. Terrific I’d rather had been reading a well written issue of Hardware! But I will say that Batwing is a shining example of a great minority character but sadly he lacks a strong fanbase. It just doesn’t make sense to not use these characters to the full especially when there are fans of them waiting to see them return and not just the black Dakota heroes and villains ALL of them!!
But Marvel is just as bad when they came up with the Miles Morales Spider-Man, why? You could have easily kept Parker and introduced Night Thrasher instead and made him an awesome likeable character, or just came up with an original black hero instead of another re-skin. Or you could have made him the new Prowler instead of Spider-Man, maybe have his uncle come back as Tombstone? Instead of turning white characters black write your black heroes better!! Throw out the stereotypes and just make them blasted interesting!! Guys like Goliath don’t even seem to have a voice instead we just get Storm over and over again. Thank goodness for Luke Cage and Black Panther( who could be played by Jamie Foxx instead of him playing Electro how about that guys )but in that same breath where in the world is Ty Johnson( Cloak ). Utilize your minority heroes and villains don’t pretend as if they never existed create new ones and leave your original ones alone.
Diversity has been replaced with laziness it’s easier to take a character and change their race instead of taking an existing one and fortifying them into a better character. In marketing them reaching a larger fan base and lazy is the route both Marvel and DC have gone concerning their minority characters which is upsetting. But I doubt it will change because so many people are ok with it, I for one am not and will not pretend otherwise. For the record the same discussion can be had for any minority character and in my opinion we need more minority characters in comics, films, and other media not re-skins either original ones and as for the forgotten they need to be remembered! It is of note that though I dislike the thought of Foxx as Electro I still would like the film to do well.
In closing if you are not familiar with many minority characters in comics do some research there are some great ones out there hopefully someday we’ll see them return.