Do I think Daniel Wu is a fine, sink-your-teeth-intoable specimen of man? Of course. Am I eager to see him play the tattooed, bike-riding, sword-swinging "Sunny" this fall in Into the Badlands? Hecks, yeah.
Do I have some concerns after watching the trailer I'm about to share? You betcha!
Pop quiz: what do you notice about this trailer? Go ahead and sound off below; comments have been restored, but strict moderation will be in play.
Here's what I noticed:
#1 - Once again we have a person of color leading a cast, and they are straight up drowning in white folks.
Over on The Black Girls Club, we have a running feature called "Black Girls' Night Out" where we recap shows with Black women and encourage discussions. The trailer for Into the Badlands reminded me of some criticisms I leveled against ABC's Scandal; for example, after Season 2 - the most successful season of the entire series, mind you - the emphasis slowly drifted away from the Black lead Olivia Pope, and increasingly gravitated more towards the white characters on the show. Not to mention, there seemed to be an excuse to add new white characters to the show each season, while characters of color - Olivia herself included - were slowly being phased out.
It was like the Powers that Be were constantly compensating (or apologizing) for casting a POC in the lead, thus letting us know that even if we do get a POC-led show, it's not without a price (thankfully, however, the boy Sunny travels with is Aramis Knight, a mixie of East Indian and Pakistani descent).
#2 - Once again, we have an AMBW romance that seems too fragile to get vested in, with Veil - Daniel Wu's intended - being in the trailer for all of a second.
Remind you of anything?
I remember that the only reason I wanted to see Ninja Assassin was that I read somewhere Naomie Harris was in it as a lead. The trailers weren't letting me know she was a lead; the trailers were too busying trying to minimize her presence as much as humanly possible.
Seriously? It's 2015 - six years after Ninja Assassin - and we're still dealing with this shit?
Mantock will play Veil, a beautiful and skilled doctor who is Sunny’s lover. Veil specializes in making prosthetic limbs for Clippers (an assassin group) who have lost their real ones. (Source)
Unlike with Ninja Assassin, we do see these two kiss (in the trailer, while he's shirtless and sweaty, no less), but I doubt they'll get a sex scene. Some I'mma need the fanfic writers to roll up their sleeves and prepare to get shit done.
Prediction Two - Veil is Sunny's true love, but not a main character (seeing as the trailer established their love as forbidden. Why is Blasian love always so forbidden????) Reread the rest of Prediction One.
Other than these concerns, I'm stoked (though y'all may notice some other ish). I'm really eager for November now
It better end with some sex.