SPEAKS ON THE LACK OF DIVERSITY
COMIC BOOK MOVIES
The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s kind of nice.
Also, I so desperately wanted to do Black Panther (for Marvel animation and BET) because I felt like it was time for it. If you look at the world of comic books, Black Panther is one of the characters whose continent and country was always being invaded and he was always trying to defend it. He’s kicked everybody’s ass, really. All those superheroes who have come, at one point in time, to try to invade his country in Africa for minerals, he’s kicked most of their asses. But, that’s part of the story we don’t want to tell yet. I thought it was fun, and that it would be great for my son to see that. He did see it and he said, “Papa, that sounds like you! That’s your voice!” It’s fun.