I recently read a humorous opinion piece about the new Robin Hood installment from Refinery 29 by Sesali Bowen and it was definitely a treat. Robin Hood has always been an interesting character to try and include inclusion into especially when considering it takes place during a time and in a region where black and brown faces were at a minimum (not zero but still not much). From Kevin Costner’s, Prince of Thieves to the 300 additional renditions, diversity has been stuffed in throughout the series.
And I don’t think its necessary.
While Robin Hood is a tale steeped in fantasy, it also deals with a bit of realism set in South Yorkshire England in the 16th century. The ideals behind the character, a man robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, can transcend the time period for sure, but if that is what you’re going for, call it something else. Look at Robin Hood himself, or at least the actor Taron Egerton. He just starred in the Kingsguard, a new take on spy thrillers that did well in updating the genre for a new generation, diversity and all.
Maybe now is the time to start new titles and franchises to do just that leaning on the popular themes of old. Maybe Robin Hood should end and a new “man of the people” take his place to account for a new location, time period, and inclusion.