11 of the Best Black Characters From Popular Sci-Fi and Horror Films

Science-fiction can take the average person to awesome unexplored worlds or strange dimensions with different life forms. It can introduce new species and new ideas about the universe we all share and visions of the future we would like to see and what we wouldn’t want for humanity. Surprisingly, sci-fi also is a great way to infuse a variety of people in these new and interesting stories that other genres fail to do. Black actors have gained great notoriety for their roles in these types of films.
The-Book-of-Eli-2010‘Book of Eli’ (2010)

This neo-Western takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a book is the most prized and sought-after object. Denzel Washington is the star and portrays Eli, the protector of the book. Washington’s intensity is what makes this film worthy of watching.

BillyDee‘Star Wars: Episode V — Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)  

Lando Calrissian aka Billy Dee Williams is the leader of Cloud City and a close friend to Han Solo. He was a vital role player in episode six when the Rebel Alliance launched a final attack on the Empire. Calrissian had nuance and a swagger that could not be replicated.

10 Black Voice Actors You Didn’t Know Were Behind Some of TV’s Most Popular Animated Characters


Phil LaMarr

LaMarr has become one of the foremost talents in the voice-acting industry. He has voiced Static Shock (2000-04), Samurai Jack (2001-04), Green Lantern John Stewart from Justice League the animated series (2001-06), Hermes Conrad in Futurama (1999-2013) and many others.


James Avery

Many know the late actor for his role as Uncle Phil in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-96). However, Avery, before that, provided the voice of The Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1980s). He also voiced War Machine in the animated series Spider-Man and Iron-Man in the 1990s.

You Have To See Black Nerd Comedy’s Review Of The New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer

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Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Review : Black Nerd Review and Recap of the Star Wars Episode 7 Trailer and thoughts about the future of the movie and Star Wars franchise under Disney hands and JJ Abrams direction. Star Wars The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver and a rumored Benedict Cumberbatch.

‘Star Wars’ Actor Has A Simple Message for Critics of Black Stormtrooper: ‘Get used to it’

When the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released Friday, it seemed like the excitement over the film was quickly tarnished by online complaints of a Black Stormtrooper that was featured in the trailer.

YouTube comments under the trailer insisted that a Black Stormtrooper wasn’t realistic while others posted racist remarks.

It was an unfortunate reaction to the Black 22-year-old British actor who played the Stormtrooper, but he quickly took to Instagram to address the controversy over his casting – and the response couldn’t have been better.

John Boyega, the actor who is playing the Black stormtrooper, posted a message on Instagram that explained how excited he was about the movie while also addressing those who just couldn’t get comfortable with the idea of a Black Stormtrooper.

“Thank you for all the love and support,” Boyega wrote on an Instagram post. “The fan mail and fan art has added to my joy! Isn’t it crazy that Star Wars is actually happening? I’m in the movie but as a star wars fan I am very excited! A year is a long time but it will be worth the wait.”

Then at the bottom of the post was a much simpler message.

“To whom it may concern… Get used to it,” the actor wrote.

He even finished the post off with a smiley face for good measure.

Despite the hateful YouTube comments, other social media platforms were filled with users who were defending the decision to cast a Black Stormtrooper.

“Love how there’s ‘controversy’ over a #BlackStormtrooper,” one user tweeted. “Even in a galaxy far far away black people exist and can be dynamic characters too.”

Another user, Marc Watson, explained that the first Stormtroopers were actually of Maori descent.

Others took a more comical approach to the backlash.

“They’ll accept an alien-filled galaxy powered by ‘force’ but they’re not having a black man in uniform,” writer Iain Macintosh tweeted.

“Three movies in a row with James Earl Jones’ voice only to reveal Darth Vader was white all along and you’re mad at one Black stormtrooper,” another user quipped.

One self-proclaimed Star Trek fan even pointed out that this actually isn’t the first appearance of a Black Stromtrooper in the Star Wars franchise.

The user posted a screenshot from the animated “Star Wars Rebels” TV series, which revealed a young Black man holding a Stormtrooper helmet.

“A #BlackStormtrooper is not unprecedented,” the user wrote under the image.

Throughout the weekend fans continued to post more images and send out more tweets to explain why the backlash against the character just didn’t make sense.

It isn’t the first time that fans have had to defend a popular franchise for casting Black actors for roles that were previously taken on by white actors.

Idris Elba was the target of criticism when he was cast to play Heimdall in Thor: The Dark World back in 2013.

Michael B. Jordan also had to deal with critics after he was cast to play Johnny Storm, known as the Human Torch, in the Fantastic Four reboot, which is scheduled to hit big screens in August of 2015.

This pattern of Black actors stepping in to fill roles that were previously white is yet another reason critics of the Black Stormtrooper may certainly have to “get used to it.”

The lack of diversity in Hollywood has become a hot topic and has encouraged many of today’s most influential filmmakers to start looking for ways to incorporate more people of color in their movies.


21 Powerful Black Sci-Fi Icons Who Have Changed the Game

Representation goes a long way. Surprisingly, there have been a number of major Black characters in our favorite sci-fi comic books, TV shows and movies. Here are just a few of them.


This DC Comics character was created in the 1980s but gained popularity in the early 2000s due to the Teen Titans animated series. He is half man and half machine. Actor Ray Fisher will portray him in DC’s upcoming movies.

Wesley Snipes in Blade TrinityBlade
One of the first major Marvel heroes to hit the big screen was Blade. With three films under his belt, the character became an icon and household name, and actor Wesley Snipes was a big reason for that.

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The Falcon has been the most underrated Black superhero for decades because he was just a sidekick to Captain America. Now he is the Captain. Actor Anthony Mackie portrays the character in film.

Artist Turns to Video Games as the Canvas for His Sci-Fi Universe Creations

Scifi Illustrations by Pascal Blanche

Pascal Blanche, the senior art director at Ubisoft Montreal, is using the unlimited possibilities of video games to create sci-fi universes that bring his wildest imaginations to life.

Blanche is certainly aware of just how far video games have allowed artists to push their imaginations and expand beyond the limits that exist for artwork on paper or through other mediums.

Ubisoft Montreal is the game studio behind some of today’s more popular video game titles like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs.

Spending so much time working with the gaming powerhouse has only further fueled his passion to create his own worlds inside that limitless digital space.

He explained that his inspiration came from a blockbuster that fueled many sci-fi lovers’ dreams – Star Wars.

The now-iconic science fiction film sparked Blanche’s fascination with space and science, he told The Verge.

He was also largely inspired by the works of sci-fi illustrator Chris Foss, who is best known for his black-and-white illustrations for the original editions of The Joy of Sex, and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, the designer behind the original Battlestar Galactica TV series and the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Just one look at Blanche’s portfolio makes it obvious just how much he has picked up from the two sci-fi illustrating greats.

While the works do share much resemblance to the works of Blanche’s role models, they also introduce spectators to a new galactic universe that has been coming to fruition in Blanche’s mind for years.

Originally, Blanche planned to bring that universe to life through animation but discovered that the world of video games was where he truly belonged.

He told The Verge that after he discovered computers the decision was simple.

According to Blanche, video games gave him the ability to “create more living worlds.”

Today, Blanche is continuing to build on his passion of creating sci-fi universes through his project Stardust.

There aren’t many details about the project just yet, but Blanche told The Verge that the idea for the project has been in the back of his mind for ages.

For now, the project just exists as a digital portfolio of stunning galactic landscapes.

All the pieces, linked through the design aesthetics and the futuristic machines making their way through the dark void of space, are clearly different pieces of the same universe.

According to Blanche, the goal was also to just have the ability to create new worlds. The title of being an artist just came along as an additional perk.

“I never really wanted to be an artist,” he told The Verge. “I just wanted to create worlds of my own.”