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Laurence Fishburne Cast as Perry White in 'Man of Steel'

EW says:

Lois Lane and Clark Kent just got their boss: Laurence Fishburne will play Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel, EW has learned exclusively. White has traditionally been a hard-charging, old fashioned newspaperman, who relies on his ace reporters, Clark and Lois, to get the big scoop. Jackie Cooper played White in the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films, and Frank Langella took on the role in director Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns in 2006.

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Crazay3727d ago

Nothing like a lil WTF news to start the day off. I know Perry White is just a tertiary character in the series, but why would they decide to change the ethnicity of said character? Hardly a deal breaker for me but still puzzling nonetheless.

Yi-Long3726d ago

.... because skincolor doesn't mean anything when it comes to the character or the role he plays in this movie.

raWfodog3726d ago

Exactly. His character can be interpreted as other than a white man and not impact the story or history of the mythos.

Garethvk3727d ago

I wonder if we decided to make Luke Cage or Blade white how many people from the NAACP would be ok with it, yet we are supposed to not mind when they change the race of a white character.

Its not racist as I am married to a an Asian but honestly how is it ok for Sam Jackson and Fishburne to play white characters but its not ok for white actors to play black characters.

Crazay3727d ago (Edited 3727d ago )

There was waaaaaaaaay back that they contemplated Marlon Wayons to play Robin in one of the shitty batman movies from the 90s.

Yi-Long3726d ago (Edited 3726d ago )

... and more to do with his crappy acting-skills ;)

But yeah, for mayor characters, like Robin, it's ofcourse less tolerated to change their ethnicity than for minor parts like Nick Fury and Perry White and such.

Although, Beyonce as Wonder Woman could be sweet.

hazelamy3726d ago

beyonce? really?

what about Gina Torres?
she's done a great job doing diana's voice in the dcu online game.
i'd watch her playing wonder woman any day.

RyuStrife3727d ago

If the actor does well in character, then whether he's black or white doesn't matter. This is just turning into another Airbender/Dragon Ball movie when people complain the characters aren't asian.

Tuxedo_Mask3727d ago

You do realize how well the Airbender and Dragon Ball movies did don't you? I don't necessarily disagree with you but those aren't the best examples to use to make your point.


Nick Fury is black in the Ultimate series and he's based off of Samuel L. Jackson, which is why Samuel L. Jackson is playing him. I'm skeptical about this new Superman for many reasons but this isn't really one of them.

RyuStrife3727d ago

Well, you do know that this and success of movies are different things. This is what we called "playing the race" card. I still think it does not matter what race, it all comes down to "can they do the part good/great or not" and in this case, maybe the director and producer believes Laurence can handle it. This is their choice to reboot the series and they choose it their way.

Tuxedo_Mask3726d ago

Like I said, I don't necessarily disagree with you. Just as you say if an actor can play the part his ethnicity shouldn't matter. No one made a fuss when Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's Batman, but Airbender and Dragon Ball had bigger problems than what some people saw as a race issue.

UltimateIdiot9113726d ago

Well the main issue a lot of people had with Airbender was the fact that the story is revolved around asian culture. To place non asian actors into a world and story about asian cultures, it's kind of a slap in the face.

As for DB movie, well Goku is an alien, so it's understandable if they don't use an asian but they messed up on so much. Goku has epic black hair, the guy who play Goku did not. For that, it makes the movie so much more unbearable especially if there is a huge DBZ fan base.

As for casting Perry White as black, I'm iffy about it as the character is known to be white for so long and it can be upsetting for fans or dc comic book fans in general. It may not matter for some, but I personally feel it changes a bit how you perceive the character and their background story which as a result changes the character. That's where people get upset. It's subtle but it's there.

I was pretty damn piss at Green Lantern the movie because how far they change the villains. To take away immortality from all 3 villains and combining them. It was too much.

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raWfodog3726d ago (Edited 3726d ago )

To me, the litmus test is whether or not that character is an historical figure or their background or portrayal is based on race.

First, we can exclude Nick Fury because there was a series of Ultimate comic books where he was a black man. That's where Sam Jackson came into play. But for Perry White, sure he was always a white man in the comic books and movies, but that wasn't the draw for his character. His importance and contribution to the mythos wasn't based on race. In fact, you can argue that he was only white because a black newspaper editor was unheard of back in those days. Plus, he is a fictional character.

I think you would get an 'uproar' from NAACP or whatever if you ever had a white person casted to play an actual historical black figure. Even if it is a fictional character in a book, I would only think that you would get an uproar if the character in the book was specifically described and portrayed as a black person and the author's interpretations of the character specifically created the image of a black person.

That's my two cent anyway...

gaden_malak3727d ago

Should he be named Perry Black....?

antihiroprotagonist3726d ago

I came here to make that incredibly predictable joke and you took it from me....

Sahil3727d ago (Edited 3727d ago )

Awesome now, I propose, Chris Brown, Chris Rock, or that guy from the Rush Hour movies to play Jimmy Olson.

Crazay3726d ago

LOL - wow that'd be one hell of a change.

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