Two, count ’em, TWO Regé-Jean Page headlines today. This pretty man is taking over! First up is more details about his Bridgerton departure. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Regé-Jean was offered 3 to 5 episodes as a guest star in the second season, and they would’ve paid him $50,000 an episode. But, still, he declined.
Headline #2 has to do with the DC Universe. Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter published a Ray Fisher interview that detailed all the asshole Joss Whedon/racist fuckery on the set of The Justice League. It included multiple allegations of racism against DC co-chairman Geoffrey Johns, including the fact that he didn’t want Regé-Jean to play the lead role of Superman’s grandfather on SyFy’s Krypton TV series because of his race. He didn’t think Superman’s gramps should be Black. Geoff’s rep defended him to THR, saying “he believed fans expected the character to look like a young Henry Cavill.” So they went with Cameron Cuffe, a white actor.
This is how Ray responded to Geoffrey John’s defense on Twitter:
I appreciate Geoff Johns bringing on a crisis team to try to explain away his discriminatory behavior, but his excuses are WEAK.
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?
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) April 6, 2021
OK, so apparently Michael Shannon played General Zod in the movie Man of Steel. But on the TV show Krypton, the actors who played General Zod’s ancestors were Black. So, by that logic, Ray is saying that Geoff’s excuse is bullshit. A bunch of the comments on Ray’s tweet include nerd-facts like, “Kryptonians are birthed in birthing pods!” and how Superman Kal-El and grandpa Seg-El were born centuries apart. So, yeah, many agree that Seg-El could have been played by a Black actor.
Regé-Jean also had something to say about this on Twitter:
Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then. The clarifications almost hurt more tbh.
Still just doing my thing.
Still we do the work.
We still fly.
— Regé-Jean Page (@regejean) April 7, 2021
Black Krypton writer Nadria Tucker responded to Ray’s tweet, implying that the only reason Geoff was OK with the Zods being Black was cuz General Zod was a villain:
Why was Geoff Johns okay with Zod, traditionally a villain, being Black but not Superman, obviously a hero? I wonder. What could it be??? https://t.co/VIzUXbMnnT
— Nadria (@NadriaTucker) April 6, 2021
Nadria’s experience with Geoff Johns (whose rep asked that he be described as “Lebanese-American” in the article) was also included in yesterday’s THR article. She accused Geoff of rejecting her advice about a Black character’s changing hairstyles:
“I said Black women, we tend to change our hair frequently. It’s not weird, it’s a Black thing,” she says”And he said, ‘No, it’s not.’”
Johns’ spokesperson says: “What were standard continuity notes for a scene are being spun in a way that are not only personally offensive to Geoff, but to the people that know who he is, know the work he’s done and know the life he lives, as Geoff has personally seen firsthand the painful effects of racial stereotypes concerning hair and other cultural stereotypes, having been married to a Black woman who he was with for a decade and with his second wife, who is Asian American, as well as his son who is mixed race.”
Jesus Christ. So Geoff’s personally offended? I’m gonna go ahead and say Regé-Jean dodged a racist bullet by not getting cast in Krypton (which was canceled after two seasons). And even though I know nothing about the actor who ultimately won the role, he’s probably not in the running to be the next Bond. Big mistake, DC! Big! HUGE!