Regé-Jean Page 'Hurt' by Reports He Lost Krypton Role Because He's Black

Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is speaking out amid reports he lost a TV role due to race.

“Hearing about these conversations hurts no less now than it did back then,” Page admitted in a tweet on Wednesday. “The clarifications almost hurt more [to be honest].” But he ended on a positive note: “Still just doing my thing. Still we do the work. We still fly,” along with a fist-bump emoji.

Page didn’t specify which “conversations” he’s referring to, but “we still fly” seems to refer to a tidbit in The Hollywood Reporter‘s detailed look at the Ray Fisher/Justice League dispute. The story notes that Page — before he made Netflix audiences swoon as Bridgerton‘s Duke of Hastings — auditioned for the starring role of Superman’s grandfather on the Syfy prequel series Krypton. But DC Comics executive Geoff Johns, who was supervising the series, “said Superman could not have a Black grandfather,” according to THR.

Johns also “believed fans expected the character to look like a young Henry Cavill.” (Cameron Cuffe was eventually cast to star as Superman’s grandfather in Krypton, which debuted in 2018 and was cancelled after two seasons.)

Page has bounced back, though: His Bridgerton breakout last year led to a slew of movie offers — so many, in fact, that Page won’t be returning to reprise his role in Season 2 of Bridgerton.

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