John Leguizamo, who schooled the masses with his play “Latin History for Morons,” is now focused on “PhenomX,” a new comic book which features a Latinx superhero, Latin Times reported today (December 4).
According to PhenomX’s crowdsourcing page, Max Gomez is a superhero from New York City’s Lower East Side who “will inspire Latin teens to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.” Taking this to heart, Leguizamo told Latin Times that “Being Latinx is being a superhero. They are go-getters, influencers, and they know they have to take matters into their own hands. And that is why I’m doing this comic book.”
Working with an all-Latinx creative crew, the actor and producer is collaborating with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (“La Borinquena”) to tell the story of the hero who was wrongly convicted because of racial profiling. “I’m making this with the Latinx community,” Leguizamo said. “Everyone working on the comic book, from the penciller to the drawer to the illustrator to the producer is Latinx.”
As someone who has dedicated his life to telling stories about the Latinx experience, Leguizamo sees this project as necessary. “In today’s world, it’s incredibly important to support Latin artists,” Leguizamo said on the project website. “There is a lack of Latin representation in Hollywood, and it’s important to showcase Latin superheroes.”
Watch the promotional video below of Leguizamo as he announces the new character: