Happy Friday, crusaders! Here at work, I’m surrounded by people getting pumped for whatever that is that happens on Sunday. Personally, my favorite part of the Superbowl is the food that goes along with it, but to any Pats and Seahawks fans out there, I say: good luck.
That’s a filthy lie: I’m from Massachusetts, and I want the Pats to win. GO PATS!
Now that I’ve alienated some of you, let’s dive into the other major controversy this week: CBS has cast Jimmy Olson! Also, he’s black. I haven’t delved into the message boards on this one, so I’m going to assume the reaction to this news has been nothing but enthusiastic and positive. Right?
Still, though it is very cool to see big-name characters adding some diversity to our comic book shows, let’s be real: Jimmy is still a secondary character. As David Betancourt puts it in an opinion piece over on The Washington Post:
It’s borderline insulting to think that true fans (often geeks of color) don’t notice that when a race or ethnicity change occurs with a well-known character on the screen, it is almost always a supporting character and too rarely the hero or heroine.
Jimmy will be portrayed by Mehcad Brooks, who I remember fondly from True Blood, but who has also appeared on Desperate Housewives, and I bet he’ll be great. Honestly, I’m far more concerned about this description of Kara from The Hollywood Reporter:
Now 24, Kara feels disempowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself.
Rowan, age 11, is disappointed in DC. Specifically, she’s disappointed in their lack of female representation. She’s “upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC,” and also because “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.”
Will someone please hand Rowan a mic to drop?
“I love your comics,” she continues, “but I would love them a whole lot more, if there were more girls.”
In that moment, we were all Rowan.
(I think it goes without saying that we will be hiring Rowan immediately.)
Rowan’s great letter makes this next piece of news seem even more tone-deaf: DC is launching Batman Unlimited and Super Friends toys and movies. Okay. But take a gander at the logos:
Boy, I sure am glad Wonder Woman managed to photobomb that second one!
Especially considering she’s getting a cool special all to herself this year, set in Africa and penned by Lauren Bewkes. See? Cool.
Alright, I’m out! Have a great weekend, go Pats!
And Rowan? Give us a call anytime.