Zack Snyder stirred up some controversy when he cast a Brit, Henry Cavill, as Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel. To make up for it, he filled the core supporting cast with true All-Americans: Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Pa Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Same goes for Laurence Fishburne, who was just cast as Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White. The catch: Fishburne is black. That’s not especially meaningful, but as Hero Complex notes, Fishburne is the first black actor to play White in “any of the many film, television or cartoon versions of Superman’s adventures.” (Commenters, I need your help: Has White ever been drawn black in any of the comics?)
You may recall the racial debate that surrounded Donald Glover’s quasi-campaign to play Spider-Man, or similar discussion prompted by our claim that Will Smith would make a good Captain America. I doubt the casting of a relatively minor character will raise as much of a fuss, but you never know — some fans refused to accept Idris Elba as a Norse god in Thor. I don’t believe there is anything especially “white” about Perry White, but I do know this: Fishburne and his baritone voice will fill the Daily Planet newsroom to the ceiling with gravitas. Man of Steel is scheduled for release on June 14, 2013.