There are so many ways that this can go wrong. Die-hard fans are going to bemoan the dramatic changes the reboot will invoke. Trading blond-hair, blue-eyed male Americana for a more diverse contemporary. I think it’s very risky, but it’s time to test the waters of the American sensibilities. Can an imperfect rebellious East Indian woman be a Great American Hero? At the very least, I hope that the show’s writing, directing and acting are up to challenging that notion.
I know, I should be balking at this. As a kid, this was my FAVORITE show. No other superhero connected with me like Ralph. He didn’t look like any superhero I had ever seen before, and he sure didn’t act like one. As an adult, it was kinda corny to watch again, but the inspiration of nameless superhero will never fade from my inner-child.
Besides, I’m not about to tell any kid that an East Indian American woman CAN’T be an American hero. I have daughters who I want to have no limitation on their futures beyond their own hustle and grind. The big and small screen have no shortage of traditional stereotypes, and won’t likely anytime soon, so I am all for expanding our views to reflect the real diversity in a real America. I’m a huge fan of Daredevil, Punisher, Flash, Arrow, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Starlord, Hulk, Hawkeye, Dr Strange, Superman, Batman (sorry Iron-Fist not sorry). Just check out my comic collection and my KODI watched list. I’m just saying it’s nice to see movie and network studios trying to capitalize on diversity, to reflect the viewing audiences. It disheartens me to see people criticize the latest wave of diversification as mere political correctness.
Please let this be a good show that’s worth watching. Let little girls and boys find inspiration in an ordinary person who tries to become a hero, like I did at their age.
Source: ABC orders female-led ‘Greatest American Hero’ reboot | EW.com
Inspired by the 1980s TV show of the same name, The Greatest American Hero centers around Meera, a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: She is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.