The DC Comics universe might have had the most well liked new star… they usually turned him down over his race?! WTF?!
OK, so do not forget that large Hollywood Reporter interview with Ray Fisher, who performed Cyborg within the Justice League film? It was principally about Joss Whedon and his alleged abusive habits on set, however there was extra… much more. We advised y’all it was value a learn.
One tidbit that flew beneath the radar was a few Warner Bros present that aired on the Syfy channel. Krypton was the story of Superman’s ancestors on the titular planet, with the protagonist being the grandfather of DC’s strongest hero.
That function was a scorching one, with tons of younger actors auditioning — together with Regé-Jean Page earlier than he turned the Duke of Hotness on Bridgerton. And in keeping with a number of sources, he was turned down not as a result of he wasn’t incredible however as a result of he was Black!
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Geoff Johns, who was co-chairman of DC Movies on the time, reportedly stated it wouldn’t make sense for Superman to have a Black grandfather. In an electronic mail responding to the accusation, a rep for Johns admitted race had decided the choice as a result of “Johns believed followers anticipated the character to appear to be a younger Henry Cavill.”
First off, followers didn’t anticipate DC to make a present about Superman’s grandpa in any respect. It was bizarre.
Second, households are blended. Individuals perceive that. And in addition… Are y’all actually going to faux casting canon is being handled that preciously over there? When you could have two Jokers, one more new Batman, and a white man enjoying South American villain Bane?
Ray Fisher had one thing to say about that clarification after the article got here out, tweeting:
“I recognize Geoff Johns bringing on a disaster staff to attempt to clarify away his discriminatory habits, however his excuses are WEAK.
If Geoff believed followers anticipated Superman’s grandfather to appear to be “a younger Henry Cavill”—why was he comfortable with the Zods not resembling Michael Shannon?”
Normal Zod, the villain performed by Oscar nominee Michael Shannon in Man Of Metal? He was one of many main baddies of the present, too — and Johns was apparently completely blissful to solid a Black actor (a British one at that, the incredible Colin Salmon) to play that function. What, the villains may be Black, however the heroes can’t?
As for the Bridgerton breakout star, the report was apparently not the primary he’d heard of any of this. Presumably the studio knew properly sufficient to not inform the person he wasn’t white sufficient to play the lead on their present, however one thing tells us he’d heard issues earlier than.
However the excuses solely made it worse. He tweeted:
“Listening to about these conversations hurts no much less now than it did again then. The clarifications virtually harm extra tbh. Nonetheless simply doing my factor. Nonetheless we do the work.”
After which simply to let everybody know precisely what he was speaking about, he added:
“We nonetheless fly.”
Darn straight! Nothing however upward for Regé-Jean, who has a ton of labor developing — and is even rumored to be within the working for the most important function a Brit can get: James Bond. One thing tells us that, too, will include a number of racist pushback.
And you recognize what? He owes all of it to not getting that function. As a result of let’s face it, who even noticed Krypton?? Not as many individuals as fell in love with Simon on Bridgerton, we’ll let you know that! And he virtually actually wouldn’t have had time to audition for the luxurious interval piece if he was busy punching guys fabricated from rock in entrance of inexperienced screens on Syfy.
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