Fan Reaction to Black Superman Movie News – Poll Results

In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:

If Warner Bros. do make a new movie about a black Superman, which would you prefer?

It’s quite clear… Superman fans don’t want to see a movie about Clark Kent as a black man. Actually, the majority aren’t interested in the concept at all, but if the project does go ahead they’d much rather see the film be about either Calvin Ellis or Val-Zod.

Here’s the complete voting breakdown:

If Warner Bros. do make a new movie about a black Superman, which would you prefer?
  • I don't care, I won't watch it either way 42%, 107 votes
    107 votes 42%
    107 votes - 42% of all votes
  • Calvin Ellis/Superman 20%, 51 vote
    51 vote 20%
    51 vote - 20% of all votes
  • Val-Zod/Superman 19%, 48 votes
    48 votes 19%
    48 votes - 19% of all votes
  • I don't mind, I'll watch it either way 9%, 22 votes
    22 votes 9%
    22 votes - 9% of all votes
  • A new character altogether 6%, 16 votes
    16 votes 6%
    16 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Clark Kent/Superman 5%, 12 votes
    12 votes 5%
    12 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 256
March 4, 2021 - March 10, 2021
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NeoRanger
March 11, 2021 3:07 am

These results are… interesting. Unexpected, even. I’d be curious to see how many are members voting or regulars or drive-by voting and so on, just to gauge general support or lack thereof for this project. Is it that Superman fans primarily don’t care for a black Superman? Is it casual fans? General audiences? For what’s worth, I voted for Val-Zod, but to be honest, it’s way too early to really make a decision, there are still too many variables. I wouldn’t mind Clark Kent played a black actor, but based on the writer of this movie, I wouldn’t trust them… Read more »

lcmcbain
March 11, 2021 9:57 am

They’ve already taken the political angle.

redcape
March 11, 2021 1:03 pm

I find the results quite,……. “Appropriate” !! (for several reasons)

Superman2878
March 11, 2021 2:11 pm

I voted for Val-Zod because his background story on how he became a member of the El family, I find to be very interesting. Technically he’s Kal-el’s adopted brother, so he has a reason to wear the El family crest. If they do go down the Val-Zod story route, I would like to see a story where we see Kal finding Val and see a brother relationship form. Maybe Clark has questions he might ask Val about his parents. I didn’t vote for Calvin because a story about Superman being president doesn’t make sense to me. I just think that… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Superman2878
Kal-Ed
March 11, 2021 5:56 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Interesting point you got there Spidey. Superman with all his abilities could not only govern the USA as a whole. He could effortlessly conquer the world if he wanted to. I’m not quite sure if the new screenwriter Ta Nehesi Coates is a Superman fan or enthusiast. But I’m willing to save my judgement for later. As to whether I’m down seeing a black superman on the screen….I’m OK with Val Zod on a multiversal level. I also have black friends whom I asked what do they think about it. They all said te same thing. Superman should stay Superman.… Read more »

Superman2878
March 11, 2021 6:20 pm
Reply to  Kal-Ed

Thank you for your insight on what your friend’s views are Kal-Ed.I would say that this is a very delicate topic. Some people want to see a black iteration of Superman. On the other hand there are some that don’t. I think for now it’s to early for me to tell how this will go. Maybe it will be good and maybe it won’t. I’m not going to decide on how I feel about this film just yet. I don’t know enough about the new writer and i don’t know anything about what he plans to do with Superman and… Read more »

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Superman2878
March 11, 2021 6:51 pm
Reply to  Kal-Ed

I totally agree with you about how Superman shouldn’t be put into a position of governing or ruling power. “ Absolute power corrupts absolutely”-John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, also known as Lord Acton, in 1887 as stated by reference.com remarks on how a position of power can corrupt anyone. Evidence of this for Superman is shown in the injustice series. I also believe that if Superman started taking a political side and state where his politics are on the spectrum of politics, he would lose a sense of innocence to his charature. Politics can be messy. There are always sides… Read more »

Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 6:19 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Comics and politics gained relevance sometime in the 1970s. Starting with the now ever classic green lantern and green arrow team up. If you have read it which I’m certain you did, it tackled many themes going around society, politics and equality. I guess it has set the stone for political correctness in comics and that certain themes and conversations needed to be addressed in the comic book medium.

Superman2878
March 12, 2021 8:44 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

I don’t follow Green Lantern and Green Arrow, so I’m not aware of what goes on in their comics. I mean I’ve heard that they had politics but I actually don’t follow stories. But I guess politics is somthing that the comic book writers wanted to tell for these two characters.

Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 10:12 am
Reply to  Superman2878

The 70s GA/GL team ups tackled lots of socially relevant issues during their Hard Travelling Heroes run. Fascism, racism, overpopulation of cities, drug abuse were the main themes of the comic. And it did hit really hard in the comic book medium and not in a bad way. Green Lantern was the law and order type of guy and Green Arrow was the hot headed anarchist and champion of the little guy. Their ideological differences and bickering was such a blast to read. I’d recommend you read it. You’ll love it. Even if the two heroes ain’t your cup o’… Read more »

Superman2878
March 12, 2021 1:39 pm
Reply to  Kal-Ed

What comic titles were they under and what issue numbers? If I can find a copy and if I can an find comic store, I’ll be be sure to give it a read. The comic store that I would’ve gone to unfortunately moved their location. So it might take me a while to find a new place to buy my comics. I’ve also fallen a bit behind in what is going on for Superman in comics because of it unfortumitally. So I have no idea what’s going on currently besides reading reviews for those comics.

Last edited 6 months ago by Superman2878
Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 3:29 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Hard Travelling Heroes by Dennis O’Neal and Neal Adams

Last edited 6 months ago by Kal-Ed
Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 3:31 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

One of my personal favourite collected editions

Superman2878
March 12, 2021 5:44 pm
Reply to  Kal-Ed

Thanks Kal-Ed. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that comic the next time I have a chance to visit a comic shop.

Kal-Ed
March 13, 2021 4:33 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Or order online 🙂
Anytime dude.

Superman2878
March 13, 2021 6:43 pm
Reply to  Kal-Ed

🙂 Thanks Kal-Ed. I’ll see if I can find a copy online.

Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 6:22 am
Reply to  Superman2878

It’s no longer about the hero saving the day and the girl and the World anymore. Those stories can still be told, but not as much as politically correct themes. I once used to believe that you can’t mix superheroics with politics. But times change I guess.

NeoRanger
March 12, 2021 6:31 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

It’s not an either-or situation. The problem is that the modern approach to political commentary in fiction (including comics) is dreadfully narrow and short-sighted. Tackling themes of oppression or discrimination can yield some very good stories, but the approach has to be universal. What we usually get now is x, y, z’s writer grandstanding over whatever pet cause they have; this means it’s inherently exclusionary and lacks the nuance to effectively communicate the point as well. It’s bad writing all around. I mean, after all, there are stories why our Superman (as in, Kal, the situation may be different with… Read more »

Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 9:50 am
Reply to  NeoRanger

Pretty good insight. For such stories you’d gonna hire a political commentator/activist or a real life politician to tackle such themes. That way the stories won’t be so narrow minded and the writing would still be fresh and not that boring.

Superman2878
March 12, 2021 9:05 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

That maybe so, but I’m looking at it from the perspective of when I was a kid. Superman just making sure everyone was safe and alright. Stopping the bad guys. The innocence of the character. I know that there are some that like to mix politics with Superman because of what the times are currently. Themes that people would ask like “what would Superman’s politics be given the current status of the world?” or “ Who would Superman vote for?” and” What are his political views.” For me I don’t like to ask those questions because I think those are… Read more »

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Kal-Ed
March 12, 2021 9:45 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Exactly. He’s here to help and not to interfere with any political agenda whatsoever. He will help poors and rich and worlds no matter what race, religion and ethnicity they belong to. That innocence is very much essential to what the character is. Now if you say that Batman is somehow politically motivated in Gotham and beyond, as Bruce Wayne, he’d have multiple political contacts to achieve his war on crime prerogatives and he could be written very much as in a Tom Clancy novel story.

Superman2878
March 12, 2021 10:38 am
Reply to  Kal-Ed

I agree. The innocent quality of Superman is definitely important to his character.
True, Batman is a more complicated and political character ha ha. 😀

Last edited 6 months ago by Superman2878