In an interview with Variety while on the red carpet for the world premiere of his new film “Fast & Furios: Hobbs & Shaw”, actor Dwayne Johnson spoke about diversity in Hollywood and whether or not we’d ever see a black Superman on screen anytime soon.
“I think they’re doing great,” Johnson replied. “I think, obviously Marvel has done a tremendous job in building out. And also, you know, for me, DC, we’re doing Black Adam with Warner Bros. and DC. We’re very excited about that.”
“So, I think, you know, as everything builds and grows, and you take the temperament of society and what’s happening, and I think here in Hollywood, especially with franchises and characters and publicly traded companies who are sensitive to that sort of thing. So yeah, I think they’re doing a great job.”
“Maybe one day we will see a black Superman,” Johnson said, before jokingly adding, “You’re looking at him.”
— Variety (@Variety) July 14, 2019
Before people go off about changing Clark Kent’s ethnicity, it should be noted that Calvin Ellis, a black version of Superman from a different Earth, is an already established character in the comic books.