Chromatic Comics

by Sigrid

A meme went around LiveJournal recently, one that is deserving of wider attention. It started out as “Chromatic Marvel,” but in the nature of these things, it expanded and grew.

Some of you might not be familiar with LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and the way things spread in those corners of the internet. It’s like Mafia Wars on Facebook, only spreading ideas and conversations and debates instead of a game app. In this case, bloggers re-cast first the Marvel Universe, and then other fictional universes, using only people of color.

I’ll let the results speak for themselves. (Note: Many of these journals will have a warning for adult content. None of these posts have specifically adult content, unless guys in swimsuits posing as Namor count.)

Handyhunter’s Chromatic Marvel.

Michelle Rodriguez as Elektra

Michelle Rodriguez as Elektra

Bossymarmalade’s Chromatic Marvel.

Vanessa Williams as Emma Frost

Vanessa Williams as Emma Frost

Liviapenn’s Chromatic Marvel.

Vertigo’s Lucifer, re-cast by Nextian.

Grace Park as Mazikeen

Grace Park as Mazikeen

And, Second Batgirl’s Chromatic X-Men.

Moving out of comics:

Entwashian’s Chromatic Buffy.

Rosario Dawson as Faith

Rosario Dawson as Faith

And, spreading and changing as these things do, Trascendenza re-imagined Star Trek with an all-female, all people of color cast, as well as select DC Comics characters.

Wanda Sykes as McCoy

Wanda Sykes as McCoy

So, just to review, a handful of geeks with access to IMDb have come up with non-white casts for at least three different Marvel Universe movie franchises, plus some DC, Buffy, and Star Trek. The next time someone says that people of color aren’t cast in geek franchises because there aren’t enough qualified actors for the roles, feel free to link them to any of these.

ETA: Since posting, we’ve been alerted to two more Chromatic Castings.

Katarin has a DCU re-casting, here.

And Poisonivory has another DCU re-cast, here.

Email: sigrid @ fantasticfangirls.org
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