Over the past few years, filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto has been making LGBT-themed project with a bit of a conscience to them, such as Homecoming, which used military men coming home to talk about equal marriage, and Invisible Parents, which highlighted inequality for gay families in Europe. More recently there was his acclaimed short Credence, which helped to show that screen sci-fi can successfully be made about gay people and stories.
Now he’s back doing a similar thing for superheroes. In the comic books, numerous characters are, or have been portrayed at various times as, LGBT, such as Iceman, Mystique and Catwoman. However, on-screen they and their superhero brethren have always been straight. #LGBTSuperheroes, which has just launched its trailer, sets out to redress the balance somewhat.
As Mike says in the press release, “The project highlights the lack of LGBT superheroes in film after #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend trended on Twitter last week. But more concerning – the fact that characters who appear as LGBT in comics then become de-sexualised or turn heterosexual once the movie hits the big screen… As a response, the trailer calls for studios such as Marvel and DC to include diverse characters in their films and give LGBT kids a hero they can look up to.”
Take a look below.