I initially wrote this comic when news broke that the first draft of Disney’s live action Mulan featured a European trader who falls in love with and saves Mulan. Clearly, she would not be pleased. Since the initial report and well deserved shit storm, Disney announced that the entire cast of the movie will be Asian which should placate those screaming about whitewashing.
Certainly, I was disturbed to see a white male protagonist in a movie about Mulan. But to me, the greater sin was the notion that a man needed to save the day in a story that was essentially a coming-of-age tale about a woman fighting for her family and country. She didn’t need a man in the cartoon. Why would she need a man in the live action version. So while I greet the casting news with a great big smile, I still hesitate because we haven’t heard if the man-saves-Mulan angle from that first draft is still in there.
I get it. Disney has had a lot of success turning their animated features into live action adaptations. And there’s a lot of excitement around Emma Watson as Belle. So it would make a lot of sense for Disney to take a live action swing at Mulan. BUT FOR FUCK’S SAKE, do that shit right! Mulan doesn’t need a savior. Mulan IS the savior.
If you liked this comic, you can get a big ass 600dpi version over at my Patreon suitable for printing and hanging and maybe mailing to a Disney executive.