The backlash for wanting diversity (or excuse for not having diversity) in American films is “there are more white people in America than black people” (note: “black people” are used more than the term “non-whites” since ‘race’ is usually talked about whenever black people are involved – something that annoys me).
So, a heroic role that could go to a non-white is possibly given to a white actor – note: a white male actor. And a sidekick or token role is given to a non-white actor or actress. (Or non-whites aren’t in the picture at all).
A non-white doesn’t get to be ‘the hero’ since they are considered a ‘minority’ in overall American society. And, history (like Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” or any biblical story) gets to be rewritten to favor or feature the white male as hero because America has a majority of white people. (If I’m not mistaken, “Noah” had a white cast that was from the UK – well, some were from the UK – yet it was American produced).
It’s so interesting the stupidity that some people will believe or rationalize.
Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton from Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Exodus.” A film that takes place in Egypt (i.e. Africa).
A poster from Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”
One excuse for not seeing female superheroes (or superheroine) is usually “They don’t do too well….” Of course, that is because we never had a superheroine who had a strong screenplay and director.
Helen Slater as Supergirl from the 1984 film, “Supergirl.”
If a movie is made half-assed, you obviously won’t get a good movie (e.g. “Elektra”…”Catwoman”…”Tomb Raider” – not based on a ‘superheroine’ per se, but features a miscast Angelina Jolie as the intelligent, acrobatic, independent archaeologist – and “Supergirl”).
Of course, wanting to see a superheroine in a strong film is considering to be a ‘feminist’ statement by primarily some white men. And, it’s not believed to be a feminist statement in regards to equality of the sexes, but the stereotypical ‘man hating’ agenda.
Indeed, it’s so interesting the stupidity that some people will believe or rationalize.