Yesterday the news broke that Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Daily Planet Editor Perry White in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film, “Man of Steel: Please Make Me Forget ‘Superman Returns’ “.
Ok, Ok, it’s tentatively called “Man of Steel” right now… but that’s what we’re all thinking.
Fishburne fills out what is becoming an absolutely loaded cast. Henry Cavill (The Tudors) will play Superman, and he’s probably the biggest unknown. Amy Adams will play Lois Lane and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, The Runaways) will be General Zod. Providing the family wisdom from Smallville will be Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Ma and Pa Kent.
Oh. And the movie is being produced by Christopher Nolan. Yep.
While I don’t expect this casting to reignite the online comic book superhero casting race debate that took place when Donald Glover recently campaigned to be the new Spider-Man, the casting has drawn a degree of note over the fact that Fishburne will be the first African-American to play the role.
Personally, I felt during the Glover debate that the wrong questions were being asked. As opposed to why shouldn’t we cast different ethnicities to star as pre-defined characters, I think the question should be why aren’t there more non-caucasian A-List Superheroes to begin with? And why aren’t we promoting the top tier African American Superheroes we have now?
No Black Panther in the Avengers movie? Are you Kidding? WTF?
Back to Fishburne, I’m sure he’ll be awesome, and I’m officially exicted for another Superman onscreen – June, 2013. I still think it should be titled something akin to “Man of Steel: We’re so sorry about ‘Superman Returns’ ” though.
What do you think folks? Laurence Fishburne, awesome, right?