TreyAnastasio Alabama Fan Bitch I'm From Cleveland Member since Dec 2010 46569 posts
re: Orlando Bloom to be the next Batman? (Plus Idris Elba debate)(Posted by TreyAnastasio on 8/27/13 at 1:39 pm to Sentrius)
In the wake of the unfortunate news that Ben Affleck will be the new Batman, my friends were discussing the possible alternative actors. The consensus was pretty much anyone would have been better. Being the racially blind saint that I am, I suggested Jamie Foxx. Could Batman ever be black? If so, would the movie unfold normally but with the Wayne family being black? Or would some winded explanation of how a black family came to be the richest and most powerful in Gotham be required?
Why would you need to explain how the black Waynes got rich? Are you suggesting they couldn't have possibly acquired such wealth and power through legitimate means? YOU ARE RAYCESS.
I don't see why Batman couldn't be black. I'm used to Batman being a white dude, but that doesn't mean it always has to be the case. Batman can be black and James Bond can be black and Spawn can be white for all I care. OR WHY NOT HAVE LENA DUNHAM PLAY ALL THREE?! If you find the right actor to pull it off, it shouldn't matter unless race or gender or sexual orientation is somehow absolutely relevant to the soul of character. You couldn't have a white Django, for instance. And making James Bond gay would be a mistake because Bond's ability to seduce female enemies (and his weakness for them) is part of what makes him him. I try to be all open-minded about this sort of thing since I write for the powers at BIG GAY, but Bond needs to be a womanizer for the character to work.
The only thing that rankles me is when people openly demand for a longtime pop culture character to be played by someone from a different demographic, as if it MUST happen, as if hiring a female Doctor Who is some kind of crucial step forward in human progress. Secretly, if they ever made Batman a woman, I'd blanch. It says BatMAN. BatGIRL is a whole other, lamer thing, I tell you. That's science!