The world of superheros seems to be getting more diverse every day! Just yesterday it was announced that Marvel had hired Roxanne Gay as their first black, female author. Now, Disney's cult classic The Rocketeer will be getting a reboot featuring a black, female protagonist—another victory in a genre often criticized for its lack of roles for women and non-whites.
Although not exactly as high-profile as Superman or X-Men, The Rocketeer is a beloved film from 1991 (based on a vintage-inspired indie comic from the '80s) that tells the story of a Nazi-fighting tech-powered masked vigilante.
Rumors of a sequel have been floating around the internet for a while, but the Hollywood Reporter finally confirmed the reboot yesterday.
The twist here is that the latest person taking up the steampunk mantle will be a black lady fighter pilot out to thwart fascists from getting their hands on her jetpack technology.
From the Hollywood Reporter: "Brigham Taylor, who produced The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau, is producing along with Blake Griffin of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the NFL's Carolina Panthers."
Although the new lead hasn't been cast quite yet we already have some pretty amazing ideas: Willow Smith, Laverne Cox, Leslie Jones, Solange Knowles ... we could keep going!