The real question, though, isn’t about how they are related but why we have to debate about how they are related. In other words, what’s more progressive: casting a single black character in a historically all white superhero team, or casting two black characters in an all white superhero team? Why isn’t Sue Storm black? Yes, Hollywood racism being what it is, Fox execs may fear that two black actors in one movie might make their blockbuster less marketable. Perhaps a possible interracial relationship between Reed and a black Sue Storm might be too controversial?
The problem here is that in the ongoing conversation about black actors and superhero movies has always revolved around men. We sign petitions to get black actors to play Spider-Man, campaign for the Black Panther movie to get made, and fantasize about Idris Elba playing Batman. But (unless Halle Berry comes up) the same doesn’t happen when we’re discussing say, a Wonder Woman.
Even in Hollywood’s bid towards progress, it seems black female superheroes, just like black female anything in movies, are still seen as less viable. But why take the leap with Johnny Storm and not go all the way? It’s great that Michael B. Jordan is playing Johnny Storm, but it’s distinctly telling that Sue Storm isn’t a black woman. The new Fantastic Four cast may be surprising, yes, but truly progressive? Not at all.
The ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Casting: Progressive Or Not? (via 2brwngrls)
But where is the lie? Where is it? I would’ve been MORE excited about a Black Sue Storm, tbh, one that couldn’t be white-passing at that (s/o to Jessica Alba).
Great question. But why aren’t we talking about the fact that Sue and Johnny could still be true brother/sister? You know with the same mom and dad with one being white passing and the other black? That could be interesting to see that dynamic in a movie. We will have Sue being hyper protective of her brother like in the comic but here it will be because she knows how dangerousit is to be a black man, a mutant, a cocky/arrogant black man in Amerikkka right now. I know that too much trust in Fox but the director is the one who made Chronicle so there is a chance this movie mays ended up being better than we thought. (via nabyss)
Lupita Nyong’o (via sonofafieldnegro)
this is so important. too many actors fail to thank the people they play on screen. They often think they are those people and that they have actually done something through acting a part. Lupita knows the importance of playing the role of Patsey, but she always pays tribute to this real historical person and all the Patseys who have suffered. Lupita reminds everyone that Patsey is very real. That Solomon Northrup’s story is very real. This history from this movie is real and we must not forget. Thank you, Lupita. You’re an angel.