Regé-Jean Page is understandably damage over racist casting choices. After sources informed The Hollywood Reporter Page wasn’t chosen for the function of Superman’s grandfather in Syfy’s Krypton collection as a result of he is Black, the Bridgerton actor reacted on social media. Although he by no means identifies the present by identify, his response seems to allude to the superhero’s story.
“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then. The clarifications almost hurt more tbh,” Page tweeted. “Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly.”
Hearing about these conversations hurts no much less now than it did again then. The clarifications nearly damage extra tbh.
Still simply doing my factor.
Still we do the work.
We nonetheless fly.
— Regé-Jean Page (@regejean) April 7, 2021
The “conversations” Page references come up in the Hollywood Reporter‘s WarnerMedia exposé with Ray Fisher, the place a number of sources who labored on Krypton declare govt Geoff Johns rejected Page for the function as a result of he believed Superman’s grandfather could not be Black. A rep for Johns denied this accusation in a press release, saying, “Geoff never said Superman can’t have a Black ancestor or be Black—there have been diverse versions of Superman throughout the comics for decades so he does and can be diverse. However, the expectation for KRYPTON was that it would initially be perceived as a possible prequel to Man of Steel by the fans, and the lead was expected to invoke a young Henry Cavill.”
Johns’s assertion reveals precisely how blind he’s to his personal bias. Fisher (who detailed his expertise with Johns and Joss Whedon within the Hollywood Reporter piece) pushed back on his statement on April 6, tweeting, “If Geoff believed fans expected Superman’s grandfather to look like ‘a young Henry Cavill’—why was he ok with the Zods not resembling Michael Shannon?” — a reference to how the Man of Steel villain’s household differed within the Krypton collection. Other critics declare the Syfy present was by no means anticipated to be a canonical prequel to Cavill’s movie anyway.
Clearly, vetoing Page was a critical misstep, however fortunately the actor is already involved in bigger projects. He signed on for The Gray Man with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, will seem in Dungeons & Dragons with Chris Pine, and is rumored to be in the running for the next James Bond. And with another Superman reboot sooner or later, who is aware of? He may don the cape himself at some point.