Several superheroes from both the Marvel and DC universes are written as LGBT in the comic books, only to then appear as straight when they hit the big screen… But not anymore.
Whitewashed and hollywoodified, superheroes portray an ideal we regularly look up to and idolise, but up to this point they don’t portray sexual diversity on any level – even though original characters like Catwoman, Mystique and Iceman… Should.
Launching in partnership with MCM Comic Con and following the hugely successful #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend hashtag which was trending last week, the social change organisation Shape History, shepherded by director Mike Buonaiuto, have put together a trailer that gives fans the first opportunity to see LGBT superheroes accurately brought to life.
Hanging out at Comic Con last week, GT had a chat with the production team and cast, to find out what their thoughts are on the LGBT superhero world.
A lot of the time it comes down to whether a movie studio can develop a believable LGBT character, however, the team reflected that this shouldn’t be a difficult task in 2016. “You should do it so that the character’s sexuality comes part and parcel of the character but it’s not full blown, in the centre, everything that the character is about,” Mike, the director, explained.
“It was difficult with this campaign because we only created a trailer, and to make it clickable, to make it shareable, we needed to make the sexual aspect of the two main characters obvious.
“But if we actually made the film, that would be such a small percentage of what the whole story is essentially about. One saving the other, not because they’re in a relationship with eachother, but because one has saved the other in the first place…”
Thanks to the amazing work of a group of volunteers, Shape History has launched this campaign for a believable, comic book accurate, LGBT superhero – and they need your help to make it a reality. Share the video, add comments of support and encouragement and show movie studios that cinemagoers will most definitely buy tickets to a super hero movie featuring LGBT representation.
In fact, Mike emphasizes that this is the future of cinema: “What I’d say is that anything, any kind of progression in cinema, in the day and age of social media needs to be crowd sourced and crowd demanded; which is the whole idea behind the campaign. If we can get enough people sharing it, enough people creating their content, then it’ll become obvious to the studios that this isn’t so much as a risk, it’s something that is being demanded by the public.”
Check out the excellent video here:
And the behind the scenes video here:
And don’t forget to share with the hashtag #LGBTSuperheroes.
Words Sofia Quaglia