For What it's Worth: Perry White Isn't White

Wow! Seeing response to Laurence Fishburne being cast to play Perry White in the Superman reboot Man of Steel is...sad. The negative feedback to the fact that the Perry White character is white and Mr. Fishburne is not is incredible. There may be several possible reasons why Man of Steel could fail, but a black actor cast to play a character that is originally white won't be one of them.

This is not the first time this has happened. NO ONE was upset when Billy Dee Williams being cast to play Harvey Dent in the 1989 Batman film. To be fair, everyone was complaining about Michael Keaton cast as the title character that no one may have noticed until the movie came out. There were several things wrong with the Daredevil movie, but Michael Clarke Duncan being cast as Wilson Fisk A.K.A. The Kingpin was not one of them.  On the flip side DB Sweeney was cast as Terry Fitzgerald in the movie adaptation of Spawn. The character was black in the comics. Where was the outrage? Oh right, Spawn - nevermind.  I know there was a little outrage regarding the Green Lantern they know from the Justice League cartoon wasn't the lead of the movie, but that's people not knowing more about the character and his history.

I like the choice. Mr. Fishburne is a good actor and will do a good job with the material he's been given.

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