ByAlijah Villian, writer at
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Alijah Villian

There is a lack of diversity in film and television all the way around. One could argue that television is showing improvement at a faster speed than film. Especially, when we start talking about Superheroes. Not sidekicks, thugs, or villains, or any supporting characters. It seems we have a lot of work to do. I know that a Black Panther is on the horizon. That does not mean that everything going to be okay. The truth is, many black superheroes have not made it to the big screen. If we don't voice our opinion, and speak up, we may never see that come to fruition.

I grew up watching Christopher Reeves as Superman. I loved it. He was my hero. As I watched more TV, movies, and other types of media, I noticed how the people that looked like me black men, black women were always exposed to roles that looked at them in a negative way.

I could not ignore these facts. I noticed that I rarely found people like me, or people that I could related to in major superhero roles. My team and I created this project so kids growing up today know that it is possible and every race, culture, creed, and gender can be a superhero!



Lupita Nyong'o is an superb actress. As we know her performance in 12 Years a Slave is outstanding. A strong actress deserves strong roles. Roles that are meant to be seen as role models. Storm is one of the most popular female characters in all of comic book land. If you don't know the back story of Storm, she is originally from Kenya and descended from a long line of witch priest. It think casting someone of African decent can add authenticity. To me its a no brainer that Lupita can pull it off! If you had to choose who would you cast?


Will Smith as Superman - Clark Kent
Will Smith as Superman - Clark Kent

There has been many black superheroes created both independently and by Marvel and DC, but very few of them are actually produced in film and television. So far there is Blade, and Spawn. The ultimate superhero with a heart and mind of gold is Superman. Will Smith represents hard-work and has the structure to play such a strong character. His complex acting abilities can be used to add some much needed depth to superman, much like Christopher Reeves version of Superman. Who would be your choice for Superman?


Idris Elba as James Bond
Idris Elba as James Bond

James Bond is a superhero when you think about it. He is able to accomplish task that no human could outside of Hollywood. Just know that Daniel Craig is not going to be James Bond forever. Right now, the world is a buzz because one actor seems like the front liner for the next Bond. Idris Elba! He is handsome, British, debonair, and most of all talented. Last time I checked, race wasn't a requirement for this character, so I don't see the problem. Are your ready? And do you think Idris Elba can pull it off?


Sanaa Lathan as Black Widow
Sanaa Lathan as Black Widow

Scarlett Johanson did a great job as Black Widow in the Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since this is Black Superheroes Re-imagined can you think for a moment and ask yourself, if being Russian wasn't a requirement for Black Widow, could it be pulled off by anyone else? I thought Sanaa Lathan would fit well here. She's beautiful, talented, and tenacious. I don't see why this couldn't work. What about you?


Rosario Dawson as Aeon Flux
Rosario Dawson as Aeon Flux

I love Charlize Theron, but Aeon Flux was sadly anti-climatic. I think its time for a reboot! The world that Aeon Flux creates is so ambiguous, anyone could be anything really. Aeon Flux is a deadly character but has a very complex personality. Rosario Dawson is an awesome selection - because of her perfect timing as an actress.


The Flash
The Flash

DC comics already has a bi-racial flash in the new 52. Rumors are swirling that the Flash will soon take to time traveling. Maybe he can catch up with black Flash in the future?

There is another part to Black Superheroes Re-Imagined. IS THE WORLD REALLY READY FOR DIVERSITY IN MAJOR FILM FRANCHISES? is an article by team member Valerie Greene. She debunks a lot of the reasons why people say projects like this won't be successful. Please read and share!

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Designer: Alijah Villian @avillian

Co-Producers: Valerie Greene @Valvalarina & Teena Cathey @teenacathey

Art Direction: Willis Hamilton

Special thanks to MoviePilot. Pt. 2 coming soon!


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