In the CW television series of The Flash and in the comics, Iris West is the female lead in the Flash and the love interest of Barry Allen. Only difference between comic!Iris and CW!Iris. Iris on the tv show is a black woman, played by the talented actress, Candice Patton.
With the discussion on diversity in Hollywood (#OscarsSoWhite), and the continued whitewashing of characters and appropriation of narratives by white media, some people have spoken up about the casting of Iris for The Flash movie. In their opinion -which i agree with- Iris should be played by a black woman in the movie.
If the DCEU casts a black woman as Iris for the Flash movie (and possibly other movies as well). Not only will they show they care about diversity (something a lot of people believe but I don’t), they’ll also send a message to other big franchises. That the female lead/love interest in a superhero movie can be a black woman, that you can racebend originally white characters (something the DCEU already did with Aquaman and minor characters like Perry White, Mercy Graves and Slipknot).
Therefore I suggest we get #KeepIrisBlack trending on twitter, the hashtag has been active on twitter a year ago but it never got really far. Now, with casting announcements for The Flash coming closer and closer it’s the best time to get this thing trending.
If you support the decision of Iris being portrayed by a black actress in the 2018 Flash Movie, and are active on twitter. Please tweet the hashtag, you could also @ accounts on twitter who have some influence in the DCEU, namely Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder), Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns), Seth Grahame-Smith, director of the Flash movie (@sethgs) and Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures)
If you are not on twitter you could still try to get people on other sites informed about the issue. If we want to send a message to the people behind this movie, people who can actually make a difference we really need to put in maximum effort. I suggest we get it trending, but we need to decide a date for that yet (rather sooner than late)
Someone has also come up with the hashtag #WOCForIris, one that favours racebending Iris but not necessarily as a black woman.
TL;DR: If you want a black woman to get cast as Iris in the Flash movie, or just don’t want a white woman to get the role. Tweet the hashtag #KeepIrisBlack (also #WOCForIris but i think it’s best we put all effort in#KeepIrisBlack) and @
Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder), Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns), Seth Grahame-Smith, director of the Flash movie (@sethgs) and Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures)
ima really need people to stop saying “black and latinx people started this trend” like no, black ppl started the trend and nonblack latinxs thought they were entitled to it since they “lived in the hood”