– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Diversity is kind of a big deal in today’s world. As it gets smaller, it’s become clear how truly diverse we really are (at least in the States), and minorities have become more vocal about seeing representations of themselves in media. We’ve seen this happen in books, comics, TV, and film, and Justice League is no exception.

Justice League will have not one, but two minorities filling in its ranks with actors Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa. Speaking with Empire about this (via CBM), Fisher — who plays Cyborg — discussed the importance of his character in terms of diversity, and even brought up another interesting aspect of the character most don’t even think of.

“DC’s going to be changing the name to Diversity Comics pretty soon…You’re dealing with the only member of the Justice League who is African-American. You’re dealing with the only member of the Justice League who is in some ways what some would consider disabled. You don’t want to end up telling a story that isn’t respectful of those factors. But he’s going to be cool as hell.”

Aquaman in the film is especially interesting. One wouldn’t call him “diverse” in the comics, but director Zack Snyder had this genius idea to hire someone who’s part Native Hawaiian, and based on the looks of the trailers so far, it’s paying off. Momoa discussed Snyder’s casting against the comic:

“He’s white with blond hair. But Zack had a vision. The fact that Aquaman is a brown-skinned superhero, I’m pretty stoked about that. I love being able to set the tone.”

As a brown-skinned person, I too find this pretty inspiring. One can hope this has a positive effect on younger audiences growing up nowadays, who see themselves reflected on the screen.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: Empire (via CBM)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.