I just finished reading the Wanted graphic novel (becoming very interested after seeing the trailer for the movie) and imagine my surprise when I noticed that The Fox (Wanted’s version of Catwoman) was a black woman who claimed to have grown up in the projects.
I am not going to go off about how Hollywood doesn’t believe fanboys (white males between the ages of 18-49) are going to want to see a black actress in the role, or how much they (the fan boys) love Angelina Jolie, or how this is payback for Michael Clark Duncan being cast as the Kingpin of Crime in the Daredevil movie, or maybe they (fanboys) don’t want to see an interracial couple on-screen. I found this interesting blog post here
from a website called Racialicious (the blogger references willow_dot_com) that asks the same question I had. Who would play this role, if not Angelina Jolie? Gabrielle Union? She has no action movies to her credit. What about Jada Pinkett-Smith? What about Thandie Newton, Sanaa Lathan, Kerry Washington (she definitely gets my vote), Elise Neal, or Vivica Fox (well maybe not her)? Or did Halle Berry kill any opportunity for black actresses in comic book movie lead roles? (see Catwoman)
There isn’t a lack of talent, just a lack of inspired imagination. I don’t think Angelina Jolie will make a difference in the box office for this movie. Comic book/Action movies don’t really need big stars to draw crowds, see how successful the first two Transporter movies were. Just throw up a kick ass trailer, and make the fanboys happy.