|The original Green Lantern was an obvious |
symbol for religious piety and heterosexuality.
Why are only second or third tier heroes gay?- Now, It may be hard to make Superman dump Lois Lane for his "Best Pal" Jimmy Olsen, but why aren't any well known comic characters gay? Sure Green Lantern is, but there are five human green lanterns and the one in this article wasn't played by Ryan Reynolds. Comics are read by comics people, so the message of "it's okay to be a gay superhero" will reach a relatively small audience until it comes up in a more mainstream media. Superheroes from comics are easy fodder for films and cartoons, so why aren't any of the characters picked up by other mediums gay?
|The new "gay" version of Green Lantern|
A lot more work needs to be done- creating new gay characters and rethinking classic heroes is great, but diversifying comics can't stop after this little media dust-up. Creators should continue to seek reality and parable in their medium despite its classification as fantasy. While strides have been made by DC and Marvel to be inclusive to lesbian and gay communities, I urge the two major comic companies to continue to make comics more diverse. Why has there been no recent DC or Marvel film staring a hero of color*? I am not trying to belittle the achievements made thus far, I just want to see more.
Added (June 8)- I forgot to mention Mystique, who is fairly mainstream and is a lesbian.
*By my count there have been five DC/Marvel Films staring black actors, but none of other races.
1997- Steel (DC) staring Shaquille O'Neal. Tomatometer 12%
1998- Blade (Marvel) starring Wesley Snipes. Tomatometer 55%
2002- Blade II (Marvel) starring Wesley Snipes. Tomatometer 59%
2004- Blade Trinity (Marvel) starring Wesley Snipes. Tomatometer 26%
2004- Catwoman (DC) starring Halle Berry. Tomatometer 10% (comic Catwoman is white)
Future?- Nick Fury (Marvel) starring Samuel L. Jackson. I did not include this film as it has not been made yet. The original Nick Fury was white and an alternate Nick Fury was created for the Ultimate universe, filmmakers chose this version of Fury for the films.