Originally Posted by El Minion
It has been going on since Shakespeare times, IIRC all roles where played men including the women parts. It has been done before and will done again in the future, it's called creative license.
Eddie Murphy has done it most recently, playing both white and asian characters. Was there any outcry? A black spiderman? big f-ing deal. And I'm a comic book fan and (retired) collector.
Okay, so you're saying it's worked both ways throughout history so who cares?
I'd say a lot of people and not for race issues, but for nostalgia. People flood comic book movies and they're pulling record numbers BECAUSE they make people feel like kids again. Hell, look at Transformers' success and they haven't even been that good (or good at all depending on your perspective). I love the actor they're pushing too. I watch Community every week just because he and Senor Chang make that show worthwhile. But he's Troy... not Peter Parker.
But the bottom line remains... you don't **** with nostalgia... especially when it's your major draw.