I often see this notion online where when an actor's time is up in a show, movie, or series of movies that the character in question's race or gender should be changed. For example, upon watching the recently released Batman trailer with Robert Pattinson playing Batman, I saw a large group of people in the comments and on twitter suggesting that if the Joker is to be added, he should be played by Lakeith Stanfield (a black actor). Upon reading these people's ideas, I thought to myself what the point of changing a character's race is simply for the sake of diversity when it doesn't align with the portrayal of the character at hand.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for having characters on TV or in cinema be any race or gender, so long as the actor playing said character fits the history of the character (e.g. Black panther, Captain marvel, Lucius Fox, etc.). Another example of this issue is the conversation of having an actor such as Idris Elba play James Bond when the character has always been white throughout the 007 movies. Regardless of the race or sex of a character, I feel it's appropriate to match the actor with said race or sex.
EDIT: it’s been a while since I created this post and it kinda blew up so don’t think I’m intentionally avoiding a specific topic or thought process, it’s just hard to keep track of replying to this many comments.
EDIT2: gonna take a bit of a break from responding. It’s getting kinda hard to keep track of so many comments and responses but I thank you for giving them nonetheless. Also to the few outliers ruining it by calling me a racist and a sexist, fuck off
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