Donald Glover (No relation to Danny….) thinks its high-time one of the comic book world’s most celebrated heroes got a splash of “color.”
The young actor — who plays Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community — has started a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #donald4spiderman in an official bid to take over the role of web-slinger Peter Parker in Paramount’s forthcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Glover — who is African-American — began pushing the online movement after geek news site io9.com ran an editorial earlier this week suggesting that Sony cast a non-White actor for the role.
There’s even a “Donald Glover 4 Spider-Man” page sweeping Facebook! In fact, more than 8,000 comic book lovers have thrown their support behind Donald’s campaign to become the first Spider-Man of color.
Although Lorgan Lerman is the rumored favorite to replace Tobey Maquire in the next installment of the blockbuster series, Donald hopes the shouts of thousands of social networkers will help him at least score an audition with Spidey producers. Hey, it worked for Betty White!
“I don’t want to just be given the role. I want to be able to audition,” he Tweeted. “I truly love Spider-Man.”
Spider-Man returns to theaters on July 3, 2012.
What do you think, PopCrunchers? Is Donald Glover dweeby enough to take on the ultimate wallflower hero?