The main essay that stood out to me was Color Them Black by Adilifu Nama. The reason it stood out to me was because it dealt with issues that I’ve seen before in the past. Even though I’m Mexican-American, I too have had a connection with white superheroes just like Junot Diaz. My connection was with Wolverine and the reason for it was because I had a lot of anger issues growing up. Sometimes I felt that I could be unstoppable and nobody could stop me but at the same time I felt that nobody could understand me and in return, I felt like a loner.
I didn’t know of any Latino superheroes until I was in my senior year in high school. I was surprised of how close they were to the traditional “classic” superheroes such as Superman and Batman. I always wondered, if these Latino superheroes play an important role to the comic universe then how come we haven’t seen a Latino superhero in a Marvel or DC film?
The other day in class I know we talked about that today’s society is not ready for a female superhero film and that maybe it was about money. It could easily be about money but if it was about money then how come there hasn’t been a Latino superhero film? The Zorro films are widely popular and made quite amount of money. Shouldn’t that persuade executives to say “let’s make a superhero film starting a Latino”. There was a recent study from the press stating that the larger audience in the movie business are Latinos. If Latinos are the largest audience then again , where are our superhero films? I do agree however that films are starting to finally add more diverse by finally having a female superhero film and a t.v. show centered around a female.
Comic book artists made that Green Arrow and Green Lantern crossover because of the times they were in. In today’s world, we still face prejudice but in my own personal opinion, the only way to get rid of it is by art and that is one of the reasons why I want to be a filmmaker.