The DC Comics universe may have had the most well liked new star… and so they turned him down over his race?! WTF?!
OK, so keep in mind that huge Hollywood Reporter interview with Ray Fisher, who performed Cyborg within the Justice League film? It was principally about Joss Whedon and his alleged abusive conduct on set, however there was extra… much more. We informed y’all it was price a learn.
One tidbit that flew below 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 Web page earlier than he grew to become the Duke of Hotness on Bridgerton. And based on a number of sources, he was turned down not as a result of he wasn’t implausible 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 mentioned it wouldn’t make sense for Superman to have a Black grandfather. In an e 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 like 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 combined. Folks perceive that. And in addition… Are y’all actually going to fake casting canon is being handled that preciously over there? When you may 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 rationalization after the article got here out, tweeting:
“I recognize Geoff Johns bringing on a disaster staff to attempt to clarify away his discriminatory conduct, however his excuses are WEAK.
If Geoff believed followers anticipated Superman’s grandfather to appear like “a younger Henry Cavill”—why was he pleased 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 glad to solid a Black actor (a British one at that, the implausible Colin Salmon) to play that function. What, the villains might 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 damage 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 largest function a Brit can get: James Bond. One thing tells us that, too, will include lots 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 inform you that! And he virtually definitely wouldn’t have had time to audition for the splendid interval piece if he was busy punching guys made from rock in entrance of inexperienced screens on Syfy.
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