Saturday, April 16, 2016

In Response To An Column On Forbes




Hello and Welcome To The Basement...

This is going to be short and sweet because I'm reacting to a column over at Forbes written by JV Charmary called 'Science Says Superman Should Be Black'


The science part of the article I don't have a problem with the science presented in the column, cause it makes sense to various degrees... thing is there there already is a black Superman, Calvin Ellis (to my knowledge who has only been used twice in the comics), saying that Clark Kent should be pigment or pallet is just idiotic. Why change a firmly established character when there is another that you can use the same name with, have a similar backstory with, and is for all intents and purposes a blank slate with none of the baggage associated with the Superman franchise?  Oh right... the reason why that won't happen is because it would take too much 'effort'.... and Hollywood isn't doesn't like that term these days.


No my problem with the article is the following...

Race matters for superheroes because it contributes to their identity. And over the past few decades, comic book publishers and movie studios have increasingly changed characters to reflect a society’s ethnic diversity.

 While that should be applauded in principle, identity changes are often short-term publicity stunts. It might sound cynical, but if publishers and studios had pure intentions, changes would be permanent. As long-time comic fans know, major heroes almost inevitably revert back to their original identities.


Okay... outside of the time Bruce Wayne has been taken out of action (such as when Bane broke his back and when Darkseid 'killed him') which saw others take up the cape and cowl, and Barry Allen returning as The Flash in Final Crisis but even then  The original Flash, Jay Garrick, is still around...



We've seen a lot of characters take up the name of those who have came before them and remained... Jamie Reyes as the Blue Beetle succeed Dan Garrett and Ted Kord, Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (while Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel), Amdaeus Cho has become The Hulk, Miles Morales has taken up the name Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel universe when that version of Peter Parker was killed, Kyle Rayner became the Green Lantern when Hal Jordan went flipping nuts and many fans consider John Stewart to be the Green Lantern thanks to the Justice League cartoons, plus the Original Green Lantern Alan Scott is still around as well, Jane Foster has become Thor, with the original become Odinson...and of course there is Sam Wilson who for the better part of 30-40 years was known as Falcon has been Captain America over the past few years... and these have been changes that haven't seen any 'reverting' back to the 'original' and have been permanent with no signs of going 'backward'....

Including that one that was done with all the wrong intentions just to make sure Samuel L.Jackson couldn't say no to appearing in Marvel's movies... I'll spell it out for you: N I C K F U R Y.

So to Mr. Chamrary, to this I say, you're talking out your arse...

Of course that's just my opinion... and there's no way I'm wrong.

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