It's the 21st century and the only huge DC superheroes that fill the diversity void are John Stewart( Green Lantern), Cyborg, Black Lightning and half of Firestorm You see the problem is not whether DC has any diversity, it is the fact that the more diverse characters are C List superheroes besides John Stewart and Cyborg. John Stewart unfortunately has not been the .most prominent Green Lantern( See Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern) even though John Stewart is probably the most likable Lantern. For some reason John Stewart is left in this sort of limbo, cinema wise. There's hopes that the new Green Lantern film will be about John Stewart but that is very unlikely. The other A list superhero of a diverse background is Cyborg and unlike the latter John Stewart, he is going to have his own movie in 2020. Other than that DC lacks in diversity
Marvel on the other hand has made a woman Thor, An African American Captain America, and a Female Wolverine (X-23). How long will these changes stay changed for? Do you really think Marvel has changed it's ways and is trying to diversify or just trying to shut up their fans who are screaming for diversity? How long will Wolverine stay dead(male version), how long will the original Thor stay unworthy of his hammer and what happens to these replacements( because lets face it that's what they are) when the original superheros who they're covering for return? Where will the Falcon go? Female Thor? X-23? They will be forgotten if history repeats itself. That is a fact. If fans don't take a stand and demand for more advertising, screen time, comics for these characters in both companies then we are right back where we started.
Another point I would like to make, why do they have to give us these token replacements and act like they truly mean to diversify? If they really meant to they would focus on the likes of Black Panther as their new Spider man/Iron Man and make him into a Super Hero not a forgotten one. And DC comics why isn't there any thought to changing the races of their beloved heroes? Is it because they're scared?
Why does Batman/Bruce Wayne have to be white? He could be any other race because well.. Bruce Wayne even agrees:
People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood; I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol… as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting. – Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins
He hit the nail on the head with this, his symbol is the only important thing to the city, not the man. So why haven't we seen an Asian Batman? Or an African American or Latino? What this quote doesn't touch on is the fact that Bruce Wayne is in fact a symbol also. It doesn't matter what his ethnicity is but what he does for his city. Batman could be Asian, Latino, African American, Australian, Native American etc. and it would not affect how he does his job as being the protector of Gotham.
Not only could Batman and Bruce Wayne be a different ethnicity but Superman as well. Wait a minute isn't there already a black superman? Technically yes, but is he popular? No.
Superman( Clark Kent) gets his power from the sun but is oddly the most pale superhero in DC almost. If Superman is absorbing the sun's rays and energy you would think he would have a little bit of a pigment. They would not have to change his origin just adjust the fact that the only logical skin tone Superman could have is a dark one. You can argue and say that the black superman is just as important but really guys? When is the last time you ever have seen a movie besides Hancock( sorry Will Smith) that features a main black superhero? Or any different race at all as a matter of fact!
My main concern is how this reflects our values as a nation. What is this telling our children and grandchildren? It is telling them that if you are not a white male, you are not as super as you might think. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of diverse characters throughout both Marvel and DC, but with society lacking the will to change, these heroes may never get the spotlight they deserve and different racial groups do not get the proper representation they strive for. The last black superhero to get a real chance of spotlight was Static Shock and you see how long his series lasted.
The closest thing we got to a major black superhero in a movie back when Batman 3 was a thing was this. Not only is race a huge issue in comics representing our culture of today but it also has trouble representing females. Have you seen the way Wonder Woman is portrayed? I'm sorry but no woman would be caught dead trying to fight somebody with a Lasso, metal bracelets, underwear, a tank top looking thing and boots, did I mention her sword? Who writes this stuff? Do they think of the logic of having a half naked woman try to get things done or are they too worried what is appealing to the 50 year old men still reading comics in their mother's basement( sorry if that's you)? Plus, where's the representation of human woman in the Green Lantern Corps?
How do they get away for so long not representing over half of the nation's population in the Green Lantern Corps. And this above picture does not count! If you have an alien woman being the spokesperson of all the women in the united states that is not an accurate representation and most women would not be able to relate. Then on top of that, they take another human women and give her a power ring, but oh wait it's cursed! And she's not even a Green Lantern, just a power ring holder! When will we wake up and see that there is tons of biased comics representing women and different cultures like a joke? ( See Images Below)
And how is this even okay? How does she even fight in this?
All I'm asking as a comic book fan, and avid superhero video game player and movie watcher is for a little more appreciation for the races and women that make up our country and show us a lot more representation.