Why does it matter if he fits the role? It's not pertinent to his character that he is white.
Of course not, because these when these characters are created they are not throwing the race of said characters into the audience's face. Batman,Superman,Spider-man aren't talking about how great it is to be white. When creating the characters, they made them white because they made them relatable to the audience, just as they made black characters important as the Civil Rights movement(and beyond) became important to the US.
To be fair, it's only pertinent to certain characters and those characters are black heroes. Panther,Lightning,etc.
Messing with source material is always a big move. Making one black for the sake of having buzz (i.e. "What a bold decision! the first black Batman,Bond") is short sighted.
How do you know he fits the role? The role hasn't been written yet(in the context of the movie-many takes on Wayne
). Plenty of actors can fit the role, casting him because he big enough to play a superhero is fine. Casting him to play a role that will always be a white character is just Affirmative Action.
If you want him to play a bat-character-There is Bat-Wing-who's a badass. But Elba isn't right for the part, IMO. Additionally, when talking about playing James Bond
Elba said this:
It’s a rumor…I just don’t want to be the black James Bond. Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.
Diversifying a comic character just for the sake of it is insulting to the audience-all races included.
Again, as in my last post-there are plenty of great black heroes in Marvel and DC. Giving those characters the spotlight is much better than changing white characters for the sake of diversity.
This post was edited on 8/12 at 4:47 pm