Whoopi Goldberg wants to add to the very short list of older Black female superheroes
Whoopi Goldberg wants to introduce an older Black female superhero into the world, which would be a much-needed addition to a very short list of such characters.
The EGOT winner, 65, revealed in a recent interview with Variety that she's writing up her own script for a movie about an older Black woman who acquires superpowers and has to learn how to use them.
"Since I was a little kid, I've been obsessed with superheroes," the actress and cohost of The View said. "They're all saving the earth all the time. But do you know who's really going to save the earth? Old Black women."
Goldberg is coming off of playing Mother Abagail Freemantle in the Stephen King-based series The Stand. She's not a superhero but does come with her own supernatural abilities. Goldberg is also voicing the role of Poundcakes in the Marvel comics-based M.O.D.O.K. animated series on Hulu, but there are very few superhero roles generally for older women of color.
Many actresses have spoken about the lack of roles for women once they reach a certain age in the Hollywood business, and those roles are even fewer for Black actresses and actresses of color. Goldberg is hoping to add to the quite short list of Black female superheroes out there who count themselves in the 50-and-above age group.
EW compiled a list of Black female characters with super powers that have either been introduced in their 50s (give or take a few years) or whose stories continued into their 50s and beyond. Yes, it's a short list.