Derek Sherlock-Anchor Staff
If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge comic book fan. Including both the actual comic books as well as the television shows and movies. I get excited when I see the latest trailer for upcoming Marvel movies. I was excited for “Batman V Superman,” but we all know how that turned out. The thing that has been floating around in my head is, why is there still a lack of any real diversity within the comic book television programs and films?
While in a couple of weeks we are going to be getting “Black Panther” and last summer we were given “Wonder Woman,” there aren’t any films or shows that emulate the diverse population of this world. If you ask any white boys and young men which superhero they can picture themselves as being, it could be Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, Superman or Spiderman. If you ask a young child of color or a gender other than male, it might be a lot harder for them to say.
On the television side, things aren’t much different. The only relatively diverse characters that come to mind are Luke Cage, Melinda May, Daisy Johnson, Elena Rodriguez, and Firestorm. While there are more comic book characters that women and people of color can identify with, when it comes to the big screen, diversity is lacking. This is where it seems to be more important for children and, unfortunately, they don’t have the chance to see someone like them.
The same can be said about children within the LGBTQ+ community. There could easily be either a TV show or a film based off the character Chalice from the comic book series Alters, who is the first transgender character to be the main focus of a comic book. Marvel could create a show based on the character America Chavez while DC could do a show based off the Kate Kane version of Batwoman. For children who are Muslim, shows could be create shows based on current characters such as Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan. A Green Lantern show could be created based off the Simon Baz incarnation of the character, or even the web comic character of Qahera could be adapted to the small screen.
In the world of comic books, there are countless superheroes that could be adapted to either the small screen or the big screen. Characters that young girls, people who practice other religions outside of Christianity, or people of color could look up to and want to be. Growing up I always wanted to be Spider-Man. I don’t know who others who weren’t white look up to and want to be. Hopefully we can change that soon.