It would be amazing, and like… I think that the Young Justice team offers some real chance at some diversity in the film industry, in terms of story yes, but also IN TERMS OF THE KINDS OF YOUNG ACTORS WHO GET CASTED. If they’d actually cast the properly. It REALLY FRUSTRATES ME when I’m trying to fancast them because it’s really hard to find people who are appropriate who are actually known actors (that I can find pictures of) and what that tells me is that actors who would be appropriate for the roles are not being given adequate opportunity to be well-known enough for me to know who they are.
I’m not a trans person and so I can’t speak for those people and I’m not sure about people who say that M’gann’s issue is a metaphor for trans people, though I can certainly see how someone who had trouble identifying with their assigned at birth identity in any way might relate to her story a lot.
Then you have Artemis who is mixed race and who has a really emotionally (and in some ways physically, though he was teaching her to fight for herself) abusive father. People fancast her as white all the time, and it drives me insane. I have seen a number of Asian actresses with blonde hair, and while I’m not sure that any of them are Vietnamese it’s still a lot better than the hundreds of times I’ve seen Jennifer Lawrence and Alona Tal.
And I’m not really sure about the historicity of all of this, but I read somewhere once that Dick had some Roma background in his family. Like not that he is necessarily half-Roma or anything like that (though I think that maybe at his inception this was in fact the case) but that it was there. Again, I’m not Roma so I can’t speak for anyone, but I’m not sure how much the whole circus aspect of his background might be that there was a racial stereotype being played into there and how much of it would be that his having that background would have increased the likelihood that this would be the case. Anyway, I think that DC forgot about this for the most part a long time ago, from what I know, but I do think that it was at one point a thing and I’m just saying. Also, apart from Asa Butterfield and like Matt Bomer and a couple of others, it’s hard to think of actors who fit the fair-skinned, dark-haired, blue-eyed male category (which surprises me, but maybe I’m just not turning over the right rocks). And it’s especially hard to find one that would fit the rest of Dick’s athletic, acrobatic physical description either as a small, limber child or the more lean-buff, big adult he becomes.
And then Wally. I know that again people tend to roll their eyes (understandably so) at the idea that there’s a type of white male there’s not enough of in the film industry, but I challenge you to find a really ginger teenage male actor. I mean, I say challenge, but if you can find me one then I’d really like to know. Again, I’m just babbling from my own observations and not from any stance of authority, but it really does seem to be there there is a conspicuous absence of red-haired men. And even the ones we have tend to end up having their hair dyed blonde or darker for the roles they take on. There’s probably some kind of historical or even present prejudice at play there, but seriously I just want an appropriate casting choice for Wally. Wally is a redhead and yet I cannot find a redhead of his age and build to cast as him AT ALL and I’ve tried off and on for years. The only red-haired young men I find at all tend to be in the sort of alternative, high fashion world as models, and their general presentation doesn’t tend to work as a visual representation of Wally for that reason. And again, it seems like you can only be a non-brunet male under really specific circumstances. I mean, Steve Rogers is blond because that’s a very specific, conscious choice in terms of the spirit of his character. And I can think of a few others, but despite my above-mentioned issue finding a good choice for Dick, it seems like that MOST white male actors who find success are dark-haired. I mean, Barry Allen, Wally’s uncle, seems to be typically depicted as blond-ish in the comics and cartoons, but even though I think he’s an excellent casting choice aesthetically in every other way, he’s been adaptation-dyed into a rather dark brunet in the form of Grant Gustin in the Arrow-verse.
Again, I think that maybe DC just favors kind of unusual-color-combination characters (they have a TREMENDOUS number of red-haired characters if you’ve ever noticed, male and female, even though red hair is NOT that genetically common) but Conner might be the EASIEST to cast, but Superboy also falls in the dark hair/blue eyed/white male category that seems weirdly hard to find matches for.
And Kaldur, again, there are black young men in movies sometimes but I would just love to see him actually on live action film. Because If eel like that his type of solemn, cerebral, and yet active character type is not something that gets headlined a lot because of like… tokenism or the fetishization of a particular type of black person to complement the other white characters. (Again, I’m white, and I don’t mean to talk over anybody and I’m sorry if this is inappropriate to say. I do try to be careful.)
And RAQUEL. She kind of is weirdly slotted in in the cartoon, and I am excited to see how much if any more I get to see of her in the tie-in comic, but I looked her up on Wikipedia the other day to learn more about her. And it turns out that she had the distinction of being like I think the first African American female superhero character or something like that? And also there is the fact that I think she was the first teen mother depicted in comics to choose to keep her baby (Stephanie Brown had a teen pregnancy but gave up her child for adoption). And I’m not sure how much of that would necessarily make it into a film adaptation, but just what I read about her seemed like she really was the type of person to take charge in her own life and I would like to see more of her. From what I understand, even though she had the ‘sidekick’ role and Icon the superhero/Justice League member role at first, she was the one who was the driving force behind them becoming such.
And finally I guess I’ll limit my discussion to the original team, so I have Zatanna and Roy left. Again, as much as I think Colton Haynes needs like… an attitude makeover or seven even from what I’ve heard without looking into it very deeply, I’ve seen him on Arrow and I think from my understanding of the character that this is a good depiction of Roy Harper for the purposes of that universe. But again, because DC loves red hair, we have another adaptation dye job. And Zatanna, I’m not really sure what her background is supposed to be, though again we have dark hair/blue eyes, but her dad’s name is Giovanni, and I’ve tried to find out if ‘Zatara’ is a real surname but I haven’t turned up much. So anyway, my assumption is that again among the characters she might be easier-cast among known or semi-known actresses, but still I kind of assumed that she might be Italian.
Anyway, if they ever did do it, like I said I think that if they would not cast white-as-default or close-enough or whatever to the best of their ability, it would be a really interesting, diverse group of superheroes. But in the meantime I just frown and headscratch at my extremely and frustratingly incomplete fancast.
I’m publishing this just in case someone has some suggests for me because I really like fancasting. I have a few names but I won’t mention them here so I can maybe make a post later but ugh they’re SO HARD because Hollywood is so homogenous.