In the comic books, the character Domino has pale white skin with a black patch over her eye. In Deadpool 2, Zazie Beetz portrays the character with her naturally brown skin and a beige patch over her eye. Of course, some comic book lovers immediately criticized the change, while others applauded it.
"They were reading with all kinds of women. I wasn't the only one who was black that they were talking to, and it also was never really a conversation or an issue. For them it was kind of a no-issue sort of thing and I kind of went into it honestly a little bit concerned because I was like, 'I don't wanna get shit from people or backlash,'" she says around the 10:45 mark on Sway in the Morning. "But Ryan [Reynolds]—literally he was like 'I cannot wait for someone to ask me about that.' So he was kind of all for it from the beginning and had my back and so that really made me feel comfortable about that."
Beetz continued to say that her experience with the character and fans "for the most part" has "been positive." She later went on to explain the small chance black actresses have to appear in comic book films. "There's so little opportunity for people looking like us to partake in something like this, you know what I mean?" she said. "There's so many other spaces that can be filled with people who look white and I think it's a beautiful gesture to do that."
Beetz also revealed she auditioned for Solo: A Star Wars Movie, in which her Atlanta co-star, Donald Glover, portrays Lando Calrissian. Beetz says the two were texting back and forth during the process but she ultimately didn't get the role. "We were trying to make it work—it didn't work. I'm so excited for them, though. Then I got Deadpool."
Sounds like a win.