"The last ‘Superman’ I got offered, the script came, and I was like, ‘There is no way I’m playing Superman!’ Because I had already done Jim West [of ‘Wild Wild West’], and you can’t be messing up white people’s heroes in Hollywood! You mess up white people’s heroes in Hollywood, you’ll never work in this town again!"
blockbuster actor Will Smith jokes about being offered the role of Superman in Superman Returns (the role eventually went to an unknown white actor, Brandon Routh.) MTV news, June 2008
My purpose in life is to remind you that Rocket exists (existed?) And is (was?) perfect.
He’s on the top of the bookshelf in my drawing studio.
Characters: Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy
Love the concept and follow through so much
Kiran is the daughter of archaelogists Vijay and Rani. They are from Delhi, India, but because of her parents jobs, she follows them around the world in search of artifacts and archaeological sites. During the Great Britain Archaeological Conference in London, she met Wonder Girl, making friends with her instantly.
Together, they fought against Lady Zand, the ruler of Zandia, who was trying to steal some of the artifacts in the sample at the Conference. By joining forces, Solstice and Wonder Girl prevented the acts by Zand, but the thief escaped.
Later, Kiran is in Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan, alongside her archeologist parents and fellow archeologist Helena Sandsmark, who is the mother of Wonder Girl. While some of the other researchers have fled the dig site after recent discoveries, the foursome carried on. During the night, Vijay and Rani investigate the site when they suddenly go missing, prompting Kiran to begin searching for them.
The Teen Titans are called in by Kiran’s parents’ compatriot Dr. Helena Sandsmark. As she urges the team to help her find her parents, Kiran has began to affect the team and injects new life into it. Raven is instantly weary of her as she emits pure light, something that could be considered dangerous to her. Kid Flash shows an immediate romantic interest in her, prompting him to show off in front of her. The team encounters Indian demon Tataka and it is assumed that the demon has a role in the disappearance of Kiran’s parents.
As the new Teen Titans form, Bart is locked in a holding cell for N.O.W.H.E.R.E.. Soon enough he escapes and runs down the halls. Initially trying to find his cell neighbor, Bart stumbles upon a holding cell labeled “Solstice”. There he finds her as she is crying for help, completely covered in smoke. He saves her and they find their way to Red Robin with the aid of Danny the Street.
Solstice is a fairly new character and not much is known about her powers, except the fact that it allows her to fly, control and create light.
Pardon my crappy graphics skills, but this is what yesterday’s announcement looked like to me. (I’m still going to watch and squee over the movies, but really, Marvel.)
I HATE WHEN Y’ALL ARE RIGHT
no amount of butts can make up for zero POCs in these movies tbh
Sooo…are we just ignoring Nick Fury here?
And…really? I’m sorry, but I don’t get how this is a race thing. The Hunger Games uproar, I get. The Avatar uproar, I get. I was so pissed about Avatar.
But I don’t really get it here. I really don’t. How is this offensive or racist? Those are the most popular characters in the comics, so it’s natural that they’d get a movie. Producers would want to pick the biggest characters in Marvel to make a movie on. Why does race have to have anything to do with it? Can someone explain because honestly I’m really skeptical about SJ people these days. They will cry foul at literally anything and everything because they want to.
Oh no no no no no.
She must be mad because people are telling this white fairy pussy ain’t shit to deal with and instead of going back to her corner with the rest of the Mayo Mafia she wants to make her special fucking snowflake opinions heard.
Quick background on me: I had to wait nineteen damn years to get a Disney princess who looked remotely like me and they had to go make her a frog for the whole damn movie because apparently we just can’t have nice things. And now I want a damn super hero to look like me and you feel the urgent pressing need to tell me I’m wrong to do that. Okay, I’ll bite.
You mentioned Nick Fury as a shining example of Colordom for all of us to fly our NAACP flag under and salute.
Oops, my mistake, you mean THIS ONE
You mean the minor character whose SOLELY VITAL ROLE in bringing the Avengers together is constantly overshadowed by the special sacrifice of a white man? You mean those five minutes of screen time he got compared to what was an otherwise entirely white cast? You mean Nick Fury, played by and modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the same damn angry black man jumping out of exploding vehicles in every movie?
Is that the Nick Fury you’re talking about?
And yes it IS about race.
When was the last time we had a Black, Asian, Latino, or First Nation superhero? And don’t tell me “the most popular ones are white.” Let me refer you to Justice League, a great animated version of DC Comics favorite super heros from 2001-2004, which features a B L A C K Green Lantern. Here is a visual aide that will likely add to your white shock. I’ll wait and let it sink in.
Yes, it is about race because there was still an outcry for stepping away from the Original White Blend (TM) Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern. Now to be fair, Lantern wasn’t the only POC…..let’s take a look at the WHOLE Justice League used from the series:
FOUR! POSSIBLY FIVE (one is so far back and insignificant to JL I can’t tell! HOORAY FOR MULTICULTURALISM!!!!!!!!)
Now, if my valid criticisms about the super hero media are based solely on race then tell me why there are NO POC SUPER HEROS WITH FUN COOL MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MOVIES BACKED BY AMAZING DIRECTORS AND ENSEMBLE CASTING. WHY CAN I COUNT THE NUMBER OF POCs IN THESE MOVIES ON ONE HAND AND WHY ARE THEY ALL ONLY MEN (Nick Fury, Heimdell, Hogun, and Gabe Jones)? HOW IS THIS NOT VALID TO YOU. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HELP ME OUT. EXPLAIN YOUR WHITE “THOUGHT” PROCESS, GIVE ME A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF A SIMPLE BITCH LIKE YOU.
You say producers need to use those characters to make money. Well, these are comics. Aka, someone drew them. Aka, they make changes to the character. (Do you see where I’m going with this?) So since we can change the way a character looks because they’ve been drawn and aren’t real, we can do this: change their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. to appeal to a wider and more diverse audience so that they can relate and identify with the characters instead of giving the people Veganaise on Wonder Bread white folk with “baggage” aka “All this money I have still won’t fill the gaping whole my parents left when they died/abandoned me.” These so called most beloved superheros that we all know and are familiar with were created by and for a period of time in which POC, esp. women, LGBTQ, the disabled, were completely absent from this fantasy world. So yes, update characters to support a wider, more diverse audience demand, if you’d like to ignore the human decency factor and go straight into capitalism.
I love Avengers. But I’m not about that life that excludes POC, women, LGBTQ, the disabled from popular culture. As part of a group that is constantly ignored, fetishized, and/or misrepresented in media, I am using my personal experiences to express my anger over representation of said group. I feel left out, unimportant. IT’S. NOT. FAIR TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE LIKE ME.
Or to quote you: “I am crying foul at literally anything and everything because I want to.” Because my opinion as a WOC doesn’t matter. :D*~*~*~*~*
Word of Advice: Don’t try to get in POC business with your white opinions. Don’t try to get into business your ass has no reason to be in. Go read a book or whine to your white friends on Facebook or go swimming in the Arctic Ocean, I don’t know. But don’t come in here, reblogging shit that was not meant for you with your own racist ignorant opinions. I am not here for that GIRL BYE.
Somebody just got sonned to death. SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
she said… she said “mayo mafia.”
As promised, here is the Process GIF for my latest Justice League #1 piece. I haven’t always used photo reference so heavily in my work but it was definitely a big part of the process for this one.
The Dark Knight Rises by The Vintage Skeleton
I’d really like this on a t-shirt, please.
Because things THIS BADASS must be shared with as many people as possible!
Nubia - Jay Justice
Artemis - Ann McManus
Kingdom Come Diana - Natalie Dawn
Wonder Woman - Lihyen Faye
Donna Troy - Cookie Layne
Cheetah - Shemika Berry
Pictures by Wes Barthlow, Bree Smith, Cookie Layne and Vincent Tyson (from FB)
Barbara Gordon Will Call You Out On Your Sexist Crap
In today’s Young Justice Batgirl has some thoughts about Nightwing having to explain why all female team is being deployed.
Wonder Woman by Ziraldo
A portrait, via Facebook, of a powerful Wonder Woman by famed Brazilian artist Ziraldo. I’m surprised she needed tools to get the tire off.
All Flash Comics - Number 32, 1947