So many people are “surprised” that Marvel’s Black Panther is doing so well in the box office? Really, why? This movie had almost everything going for it. It had an extremely large budget of about 200 million; it had an even larger marketing budget that can be predicted to be about 200 million. It had a predominantly black cast and was very pro-black, and of course, it’s a Disney/Marvel movie. That alone is enough to bring in about 500 million in the box office. Over all, this movie is the political movie the black community has been waiting for for a very long time, especially considering the race relations we currently have going on in this country! It shouldn’t be a surprised to anyone that this movie has grossed the amount it has to grossed so far.
So when can we expect a movie about Batwoman? Yes, yes, yes, we know; Wonder Woman is bisexual as her creators intended her to be when they created her in the 1940’s.
Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (pen name: Charles Moulton),and artist Harry G. Peter. Olive Byrne, Marston’s lover, and his wife, Elizabeth, are credited as being his inspiration for the character’s appearance.
However, Wonder Woman hasn’t ever been given a female love interest and although there may be numerous sexual tensions, interactions, and innuendos with other females, she hasn’t ever actually been in a romantic relationship with one. What this means is, there’s a good chance that if DC does decide to show off Wonder Woman’s bisexuality, it’ll more than likely be based around sex and nothing else. Let’s not also forget the two lesbian characters within Black Panther that were written out at the last minute. It’s unsure of why this happened but given how the black community is still a bit homophobic generally, it probably wouldn’t have gotten the best reception. However, I’m not quite sure; on the other hand, it could have done well and actually opened the door for more discussion on sexuality within the black community.
But with Wonder Woman 2 in the works, along with Batgirl, it’s going to be a while before we get Batwoman. Unless, the CW decides to pick up Batwoman for a show. I have come to believe that regardless of race or sex of a movie, if that movie has a good budget of over 150 million, a good marketing budget around the same, or a good hype then it is absolutely possible for any other diverse character to succeed as a super hero on the big screen. Whether they’re a black man, black woman, Asian man, Asian woman, gay, lesbian, etc, etc, etc, we have moved on from racism and sexism in the cinema. I personally believe we are now ready to see a lesbian super hero, black woman super hero and even an Asian super hero!
There are numerous Asian super heros to choose from. Admittedly, Goku from Dragon Ball Evolution could have been the first Asian super hero if they would have cast him as an Asian and not a white dude, especially since they cast an Asian woman as Chi Chi. Black Widow is being made, and it would have been interesting if Marvel chose to do Monica Chang and her universe than Claire. In Big Hero 6, the main character was an Asian male. If the movie would have been a live-action then that would have been a good opportunity for Asian visibility. I mean hell, Batman and Talia al Ghul’s son is half Asian! As much as I don’t really care for super hero movies, there’s so much here in this universe that can be played with, and that will continue to be played with for years to come (until a generation finally gets bored).
Remember Halle Berry as Catwoman? Let’s not talk about that. Nonetheless, Moon Girl was announced to get her own animation show, and then there’s the show Black Lightning that not only has important black female leads, but also an interracial lesbian couple. So not only is this character black but also a lesbian. So see, we’re getting there…well, we’re already there, I’d say. The question I was originally asking though is if it’s possible for these characters to have a movie on their own and succeed to the height of Black Panther? As I’ve answered already, I think so with the right production budget and marketing budget. (I will admit though, it’s gonna be a while until someone breaks Black Panther’s record. I don’t even think Infinity War will do it.)