Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm Just Saying ...


“I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time for that, right?” — Beyonce

Beyonce is a lot of things: gorgeous, talented, richer than God. She's a kinder, gentler Diana Ross for Generation Y.

But she is not a good actress. Every time B. gets a juicy film role (Etta James?) I can't help but wonder if someone with better chops was cheated. It's not like Hollywood is clamoring for the talents of African-American actresses to begin with. If she weren't already so famous, would she even get past the audition stage?

Back to Wonder Woman. On The Unique Geek listserv, we all seem to be in agreement that casting Beyonce is a lame idea. Obviously, she'd look great in the costume. She's certainly logged the gym time. But in order for audiences to get past the "Hey, I thought Wonder Woman was white" thing, any actress of color who tackled the role would have to be amazing. It would piss people off for no good reason, like casting Kate Hudson as Storm. As my friend V. put it: "Wonder Woman is too iconic to portray her so differently."

I know we're supposed to be living in a post-racial era, and this isn't exactly "The Joan of Arc Story" we're dealing with. I just can't get excited about a pop star — any pop star, frankly — taking on one of the best-known characters in the D.C. universe.

For what it's worth, a black Batwoman would be fresh as hell.

8 comments:

downtown guy said...

She could be one of the Amazons, though, if she wanted to be involved. And so we could see her in costume.

Just sayin'.

EDP said...

She'd make a great backup Amazon, I agree. Just give her maybe one line.

downtown guy said...

And a costume.

Seriously, don't forget the costume.

EDP said...

Beyonce is so much hotter than I will ever be. I bow at her Gucci-clad feet!

downtown guy said...

Well, I dunno about that. But she ain't hard on the eyes.

Zil said...

Beyonce is hot, but I don't get the "powerful woman" vibe from her that Wonder Woman needs. I mean, she is a powerful woman, but not in a kick-your-ass sort of way.

downtown guy said...

Have y'all been watching True Blood on HBO? I'm really digging Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara. She's definitely got the acting chops (I mean, the woman's resume is full of Shakespeare and so on) and she's also buff as hell.

EDP said...

She does seem a little too nice, doesn't she? "Excuse me. Would you mind stepping into this lasso?" OK, I gotta watch True Blood now.