Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Fear the Walking Dead", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Skidmore

Afro-Latino actor Colman Domingo is one of two Black actors who has voiced Batman, one of the very few Latinos who's voiced Batman and the only gay Afro-Latino to voice Batman.

A DC.Com blog post from Sept. 21, 2023, unveiled that Domingo voiced Batman in "The Riddler: Secrets in The Dark," an audio series from Spotify, Warner Bros, and DC, which premieres on Oct.10, 2023. In this Spotify special, Batman teams up with a villain, but once again, he is still a hero.

"Colman Domingo joins the cast as Batman, who begrudgingly teams up with Minhaj's Riddler to track down a masked vigilante on the loose in Gotham City. The mysterious character is murdering notorious DC Super-Villains all over Gotham City, and all clues point to the suspect being the Caped Crusader himself," According to the DC Blog post. "Now, with a target on his head, The Riddler is forced to break out of Arkham Asylum and team up with Batman. The unlikely duo must solve the mystery before they too, become victims.

Domingo's Latino heritage comes from his father's side of the family, which is Belizean, and his mother's side of the family, which is Guatemalan.

"I've been doing more history on my family, especially my father's side, they're from Belize and Guatemala and all over Central America, and I feel very proud," Domingo said, according to an article People. Domingo won his Emmy award for his role as "Ali" in the HBO show "Euphoria." Additionally, Domingo has been in movies such as "Candy Man," "The Color Purple," The show "Fear The Walking Dead" and "Zola."

Before Domingo, there had never been an Afro-Latino as Batman, whether it be a lead in a live-action show or movie, or a voice actor. Before Domingo, one Black man had voiced Batman, Keith Ferguson.

Although the comic book world has yet to see a Black Batman on screen, There was once a Black Batman which appeared as a spin-off created by a Marvel collaboration with Stan Lee. More recently, DC unveiled its first comic book starring a Black Batman in February 2021, written by John Ridley, a screenwriter for "12 Years a Slave."

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