Alijah Villian

alijah villian

These race-swapped superhero movie posters highlight just how white Hollywood really is.

People commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in different ways, and this artist taking the unusual route of celebrating by making superhero fanart.

Alijah Villian has been posting his superhero photo-manips on Twitter all day, taking well-known white superheroes like Iron Man and Wonder Woman, and racebending them to look like they were played by actors of color. It’s a celebration of actors like Idris Elba, Angela Bassett, and Rosario Dawson, but it’s also a commentary on the dearth of non-white heroes being portrayed in Hollywood movies.

Villian is a graphic designer by trade, and it’s clear from these fanart posters that he’s pretty darn skilled with Photoshop. Now all we need is for superhero movies to start looking more like this in real life. Can you believe we have to wait until 2017 for Black Panther?

Photo via Alijah Villian/Twitter

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.

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