TLDR: Michelle Rodriguez, the hot chick that actually did stuff in The Fast and the Furious and also had a very short career as a helicopter pilot on another planet, essentially said, "Minorities stop stealing white people superheroes!" because she thinks they're lazy trying to make a black or mexican person fit in where it doesn't fit from the comics and series when there's a plethora of shit we can use and make up where they do fit just fine. What is your opinion on superheroes on the big screen, current comic book story lines, and the increasing demand for diversity on the screen and dichotomy between 'keep it the way it was written' and 'forget that mess we already HAVE that, let's create something new'?
Do you think she has a point, that she's racist for saying that, or that she's somewhere in between? Do you agree with her stance, or think it's naive/unrealistic/whatever else you might think, or that it's just plain flat wrong?
Is it irrelevant because this superhero thing is just a phase and it'll pass and we won't care and we'll crave more realistic movies in the near future? Or is diversity in this sphere a super important thing right now for a damn good reason, long overdue for an overhaul that should match the current population more without turning it into an episode of Captain Planet? How big of an issue is the monochromatic domination of superheroes in the face of the fact that many people were impacted by the principles of their favorite heroes growing up?
I'm just shooting questions everywhere aren't I?
So. TMZ released this whole thing here. Michelle Rodriguez -- Note to Minorities ... STOP STEALING WHITE SUPERHERO ROLES!! | TMZ.com
And essentially she said (both in the original video and on her FB apology video in way more detail) that she thinks shoving minorities that do not fit into superhero molds made about and for white people is ridiculous. A lot of people cried racist, and a lot of people cried over sensitivity. While the second video (I cannot for the life of me figure out how to link that one from FB) is indeed way more 'sensitive' about the way she is talking, the essential concept is that it is lazy and forced in some vague attempt to make up for the fact that superhero concepts, hollywood writing, and geenral audience demands are pretty monochromatic. Her stance is to stop trying to force minority characters and create all new ones that paint a more diverse picture. Or to at least run with comic books that create that diversity where it makes perfectly good sense. (I.e. why not have a young black kid take up the mantle of spiderman instead of a dorky white kid?)
There's a part of me that says, "really did you haave to say it that way?" but ... a rose by any other name too. I still completely agree with the sentiment even if it is too idealistic in reality. If it just so happens to have an anomaly where a black guy is a PERFECT cast for a role, then I don't really think I care at all. If they found an AWESOME peter parker, and he was like 5x better than these last two dweebs trying to pass and put him in the from the beginning, I'd have been okay with that no probs. But I think I'd be a bit annoyed and it'd look really forced trying to get a black man to play Thor for example.. I mean.. it's a Scandinavian God for crying out loud. It IS a little lazy and "Oh, let's just appease the minorities, we'll make green lantern black or something. Jeeze la-wheeze." ish.
Indian superheroes calling on their own mythology. Black justice warriors ala Batman style born out of the savages of slavery. Haitian voodoo superheroes. When there are PERFECTLY good story lines existing, or that could exist, why try to force things? Why didn't hollywood say, "Hey, instead of ANOTHER Spiderman reboot, why not we go the route the comics are going and run with the black kid that's taken the mantle of spiderman? Why not something DIFFERENT for the audience to watch?" While the new spiderman is, admittedly, better than the old trio of movies, it still was the same god damn scenes. Why not try for a Batman Beyond movie? Why not create a whole new super hero that isn't in ANY comics yet?! Why not have the Avengers say 'Omg we need moar super heroes lets go find them!' and find these new guys?!
On the complete and utterly realistic hand, a lot of things featuring new characters are flopping.. we're in this 'nostalgia' phase where we want to see all the oldies and anyone new or different is wrong somehow. In the search for new fans, old ones are crying a river, and the new fans may not ever be as die hard as the old ones. It's always a gamble what will stick and what won't. Time hasn't passed to determine this. Marvel and other comics and hollywood too are all trying to keep the crowds they have (and the stability they provide) rather than risking creating a whole new fan base. The demand for NEW characters isn't nearly as loud as the demand to see more of the characters people already know and love. I mean, Fathom is a fantastic comic book series and it was suppose to be a feature film and .. it sort of squashed and died as far as I can tell. Green light and everything. And nothing.. And it was a pretty well established comic with a decent fan base. There is a lot of reason to suspect that the only thing that would happen with new characters without heavy assistance from the 'white' ones would be flops and frowny-faces abound, along with pessimistic people crying the same old, "Waahh you're just trying to force this minority diversity thing on people waah" bull.
So to me, I think they should use the current Marvel comics as they are standing and running to create these new characters and new story lines. Instead of letting these characters age, bring them up into the big screen NOW. Let Spiderman pass away, and get the new kid on the block. Let Thor get transformed into a woman. Let them come across an entirely new hero from a comic. Let the old characters meet, and lift up the new ones so that the comic book industry, the creative talents that are available today, and the current frenzy fad of craving old superheroes and familiar faces can all work together.