Say what you will about the Greg Berlanti-DC shows on the CW network, the one thing no one can really complain about is their willingness to gender and race switch characters. On Supergirl, James Olsen, who has always been white, is played by African American actor Mehcad Brooks. And on The Flash, Iris West has been played by Candice Patton, who is also Black, for six seasons.
On Supergirl, there’s even a transgender character played by trans actress Nicole Maines (Dreamer).
Berlanti recently said in an interview with Variety, “In the DC Universe especially, there’s been a focus on us recognizing that we want to create heroes that look and felt like today, not the 1940s or 1950s, They were all very well intentioned when they created those back then, but there’s a certain responsibility that you have if you’re going to escort these iconic characters into this generation to make sure they have the heart of that character, but they don’t have to have the gender or the color of that character or the sexuality.”
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Now, we get to the good stuff. Superman & Lois is set to premiere on The CW early next year, and we’ve reported on the leaked details about the series. For example, we know that the first episode will include a mysterious villain called “The Stranger” played by All American star Wolé Parks.
According to The Illuminerdi, Parks is taking on the role of an alternate universe Lex Luthor.
What about Jon Cyer you say? Hasn’t he already been playing the iconic villain on Supergirl? It’s possible since this is Superman, who aside from Batman and Wonder Woman is the very definition of the DC Universe on both TV and film, that The CW wants a different version of the villain.
It’s a reasonable move as the DC multiverse was flipped on its head after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. It wouldn’t be the first time either that race was switched in the “Superverse.” Laurence Fishburne did play editor Perry White in 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
SOURCE: The Illuminerdi
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