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Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby LOLtron » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:29 pm

Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

At least, that's what rumors of a casting call appear to suggest.



Source: Bludhaven Banter

Greetings! It is I, your El Presidente, reporting from my hiding spot underneath President Obama's approval rating. Man, I am running out of room in here!

My friends, I am reporting today on some serious scoopage! According to Bludhaven Banter, a site with legit industry credited scoops (we keep score, baby!), a casting call has gone out for Iris West and "Detective" West, characters on the upcoming Flash TV show. Iris, of course, becomes Barry Allen's wife in the comics, and "Detective" West is her adoptive father, Ira, though the details could change from comics to screen as they often do. The real shocker, however, is in the descriptions. Check it out:

IRIS - 22-28 - African-American - As smart as she is beautiful, Iris is in grad school studying psychology. She's also Barry's mile a minute, fast-talking, quick-witted best friend. Her father, Detective West, took in Barry when his mother was murdered, and his father was wrongly accused and imprisoned for her murder. In a tough childhood for Barry, she was the one "not tough" thing. She's unaware of Barry's strong feelings for her.

DETECTIVE WEST - Late 40s to Early 50s - African American -Detective West is an honest, blue-collar cop who's seen it all. A soulful, funny caring father to Iris, and a surrogate father to Barry, West came up through the foster system himself. He took in Barry after his mother's murder and his father's imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports Barry's efforts to prove his father's innocence. 

 

Are you fucking kidding me, comrades? I mean, are you serious? You can't change important, fundamental details of a character like that! It isn't right, and the fans aren't going to stand for it! This is too much, DC Comics! It's a bridge too far!

Ira West is supposed to be a scientist, not a detective!

Wait, what did you think I was talking about?

Oh, yes, the Wests will also be black, a fact that is likely to upset racists, as you will learn by reading the comments section of this article approximately ten minutes from now.

Comrades, the world is changing. I remember, back when in the day when Che Guevarra told me that he wanted to marry a Peruvian. A Peruvian! Can you believe that?! Man oh man, it was quite the scandal. I used to joke that Che must have had a bad case of the Jungle Fever, until one day he came down with a bad case of actual Jungle Fever. He almost died! It was hilarious!

But enough of that. Are the casting calls above for real? I certainly hope so, my friends, because it means that if the DC cinematic universe goes on long enough, we may eventually get a black Wally West too, and once that happens, Dan Didio will have no choice but to bring Wally back to the Nu52, since to refuse to do so would make him a racist!



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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Supersoldier Washout » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:48 pm

THANKS OBAMA!
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RE: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Brian Keith Pittman » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:47 pm

Wait, she won't be a redhead? I FIND THIS OFFENSIVE TO GINGERKIND!

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby syxxpakk » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:03 pm

I find gingerkind offensive to humankind. :smt102
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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Pink_Orchid » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:14 pm

Here's a crazy thought, why not just invent a new character?

Barry "Peter Parker" Allen can have a mentor and a love interest. The live action DC world has survived having core characters not matched up with their comic equivalent partners.

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby br_havoc » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:14 pm

I guess they're aiming to be like Sleep Hollow and get a broader audience?

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Kalisto » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:18 pm

With the mess that is Arrow I don't think I can care anymore.
Introduction of new PoC characters to established costumes like new GL or Ms. Marvel is great.
But being purposefully inconsistent about the portrayal of the old established characters imo sucks - Iris is supposed to be photojournalist!

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Punchy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:24 pm

Nobody gives a flying fuck about Iris West or her dad really, what's interesting here is, as the article mentions, the fact that if this show ever introduces Wally West, he'd probably be black too, it would be interesting to see a black Kid Flash character.

I wonder if this would cause them to bring a black Wally into the comics. Would the fans who want him back accept that change?

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Grayson » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:41 pm

Punchy wrote:Nobody gives a flying fuck about Iris West


:smt006 Actually Punchy, I do. Iris West is an extremely important part of the Flash mythology, especially the parts of it that involve Barry Allen. Even though I really like the current Flash series, my main complaint and the thing that disappoints me the most is the fact that they chose to pair Barry with Patty Spivot rather than Iris West.
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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby fieldy snuts » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:08 pm

Black Wally West. I'd love to see that just for the butthurt on the internet.

They should recolor every Wally story to note this change.

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:53 pm

fieldy snuts wrote:Black Wally West. I'd love to see that just for the butthurt on the internet.

They should recolor every Wally story to note this change.


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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby GOSD » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:34 pm

Nice job, blacks! :smt091 :smt013 :smt011

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Draco x » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:18 pm

Black_Orchid wrote:Here's a crazy thought, why not just invent a new character?

Barry "Peter Parker" Allen can have a mentor and a love interest. The live action DC world has survived having core characters not matched up with their comic equivalent partners.


They're actually going with the Peter Parker angle with Barry now?

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby alaska1125 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:50 pm

Punchy wrote:Nobody gives a flying fuck about Iris West or her dad really, what's interesting here is, as the article mentions, the fact that if this show ever introduces Wally West, he'd probably be black too, it would be interesting to see a black Kid Flash character.

I wonder if this would cause them to bring a black Wally into the comics. Would the fans who want him back accept that change?

Not me. Because that's not the "real" Wally. Limey bastards...;)

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Re: Iris and Ira West to be Black in Flash TV Show?

Postby Strict31 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:00 am

GOSD wrote:Nice job, blacks! :smt091 :smt013 :smt011


It was probably whiteys that did this, man.

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