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10 White Comic-Book Characters Played by Black Actors in the Movie Adaptations

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It’s rare to find traditionally white characters portrayed by Latino actors on teen TV series. It’s also rare to find traditionally white characters portrayed by Asian actors on any screen. It’s far from rare to find the opposite of each. BUT, at least we’re starting to experience more color-blind casting than ever before. Look at the new edition of Power Rangers — you’ve got a Latina portraying a character that was OG Asian, an Asian portraying a character that was OG black, a black man portraying a character that was OG white… It’s pretty cool, TBH.

So, that got us to wondering about comic-book characters. If you check ’em out, you’ll notice that a great majority are white on paper — but Hollywood changes things up here and there. Did you know Common was originally tapped to portray Green Lantern in the 2011 movie of the same name until it fell through? Ryan Reynolds eventually snagged the part. Huh… we wonder if it would’ve been any better if the rapper were a part of the project, but we digress. Anyway, here are 10 white comic-book characters played by black actors in the movie adaptations:

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