When Shadow and Act revealed that there was yet another Superman reboot on the way, I was torn between many emotions: confusion because it hasn’t even been five years since the last Superman appeared in a movie and that seems a bit too soon to be “rebooting” him; exasperation that DC is choosing to do a movie on the same hero they’ve been retconning for ages instead of trying something new; trepidation at the idea of DC handling a Black hero, let alone a Black Superman; and above all, resignation because this is really the same sh*t on a different day.
I can only hope that Ta-Nehisi Coates and the production crew approach whichever Superman they bring to the screen with the nuance and care that he deserves, and a fresh perspective on a story that’s been done so many times before. But also, I would love for DC to realize they have a whole damn slate of other superheroes to make movies for! For some reason, DC’s movie universe is the only franchise that habitually reboots the same characters over and over, with rare exceptions. It’s animated titles and TV shows span the very broad range of characters from the comics and continually introduce new characters into the fold. Why can’t they bring that energy to their films? It’s only recently that the movie universe has begun to expand beyond Batman, Superman, and the crew, and — even though no one asked — I am more than happy to remind DC of a few Black superheroes that could use some shine as well.
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