First of all, if you haven't read Sam's post on the growing dark side to geek culture
, do so. I was thinking of it while reading some IMDB posts about the new Doctor Who being a woman. I think it's a cool idea, but there are passionate Who fans (which I am not) who feel this is the end of the series. That Doctor Who is a Time Lord and therefore can only be male. I casually dismissed it as bigoted nonsense because of similar internet posts I've read about Star Wars being ruined now that none of the heroes are White Males. That making Rey the new Jedi has ruined the series for some.
It got me thinking about if there are any pop culture icons where I would have a similar reaction? And is the problem with me or can I make a legitimate argument against gender recasting. I hit upon two characters and I would love to get your input because both are characters I am passionate about, probably much like Doctor Who fans.
(BTW, do we know if Jodie Whittaker is playing Doctor Who as female or is she a Time Lord in a woman's body, allowing for even more blurring of gender lines?)
1. Indiana Jones - I can't imagine making an Indiana Jones film with a female in the lead role. Actually, I can and it's called Tomb Raider and it's not my fault those movies haven't been good. But if you take Alicia Vikander and cast her as Indiana Jones and lay in the John Williams score, it just doesn't fit. It becomes a completely different type of film.
2. James Bond - The misogyny of James Bond is part of his character, and it's been interesting to watch it change with the times. Even though the popular theory is that James Bond, much like 007, is an alias and not a real name so that anyone can assume the role, if you were to cast a woman as Bond it would change the franchise so much it wouldn't be recognizably Bond anymore.
Something else that makes these roles only gender specific is that I think a black actor could be cast in a reboot. Idris Elba would be great in either role.