We’re Mad The New Wonder Woman Isn’t Latina
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:57
- Jose Cruz
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We’re the last to cry racism, when stuff like this happens. In fact we have a history of making fun of other websites that cry “racism” at every thing. So let’s be clear when we say the decisions to cast a non-Latina in the role of Wonder Woman in the up and coming big budget “Superman & Batman” movie was in no means a racist call. But we really, really wish they had cast one of us as the new warrior princess.
According to Variety, the role will be going to Gal Gadot an Israeli actress and model best know for her portrayal of Gisele Harabo in the Fast and the Furious film series. While the choice for the new Wonder Woman isn’t as crazy as, let’s say, casting Ben Affleck as Batman; this is just one more missed opportunity by Hollywood to show Latinos some love.
While the print comic industry has been pushing diversity for years (even the new Spider-Man is Latino), Hollywood seems to be trapped in this 1920’s world of all white heroes. This wouldn’t be that big of an issue to us if it were not for the fact that Latinos still see movies in the theater and are an integral part in making a film successful.
So while the classic Wonder Woman character as defined in the comics may be an Amazon based on Greek mythology, when the majority of people think of her they visualize Linda Carter; who happens to be Latina. There were also plenty of “well qualified” Latinas who could have played this role (check out twelve of them here), but I guess we just missed this one.