52 Fun Facts About Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Perry White’s Race Change Was Suggested Years Ago

He’s tough on his reporters because he wants the best out of them.  Laurence Fishburne reprises his role as the editor whose known for his blunt honesty and integrity: Perry White.  In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we see him berate Clark Kent for not keeping his reporting objective.  Though the character has traditionally been portrayed as a Caucasian male, Man of Steel (2013) introduced the character as an African-American.  It’s certainly not a revolutionary idea now because we just care that his character traits are intact.  However, even as recent as twenty years ago, it was considered almost controversial by the studio.

Did You Know?

  • In the 1990s television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, writer/producer/creator Deborah Joy LeVine pushed for the casting of James Earl Jones — veteran thespian and legendary voice of Darth Vader — as the iconic Daily Planet editor Perry White.
  • If Jones was cast in this role, he would’ve been the first African-American to play the role of Perry White.
  • However, Warner Bros. didn’t like the idea of an African-American being cast in the role.
  • Although Jones wasn’t selected, he was cast in another role in Season 1 of the series as Franklin Stern, a publisher for the Daily Planet after Lex Luthor purchases the newspaper and shuts it down.

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