These Shows And Movies Will Make You Feel Like A Superhero Just Because You’re Latino
Growing up, we didn’t often see ourselves represented in superhero roles. It was always a white savior combatting a Latino drug lord or violent gang member. We often saw Latinas play the love interest trope, doing nothing meaningful except prop up that white savior’s ego.
A new era of POC empowerment has slowly started infiltrating Hollywood, and Netflix is probably the most progressively representative platform around. (Unless you know what they did to “One Day at a Time.”) If you’re going to Netflix and chill, you might as well subconsciously balloon with empowerment, no? These are the Latino-centered shows that will get you there.
This show tops our list because not only is the superhero gang majority female, it’s also majority POC. Of the three Latinos cast, two of them aren’t even presented as Latino characters, giving more normalized roles to Latino actors. Plus, we get to see Ariela Barer mind control a pet dinosaur. Sounds kooky, but the show writers are so good, it just makes sense.
Plus, the star Latina’s superpower is brute strength.
Mexicana Allegra Acosta, who is just 16 years old by the way, plays Molly Hernandez. We see the whole troupe come to terms with their powers through her eyes. She was the first to realize she was different, and she spoke up, even though she was the youngest and most often condescended to.
Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy”
Based off an alluring comic series of the same name, Netflix used the same premise: 43 women around the world spontaneously gave birth and an eccentric billionaire ‘adopted’ 7 of them to create a crime-fighting “Umbrella Academy.” Netflix makes it interesting by fast forwarding to their adult lives, and by casting hunky David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves. Superpower? Holding his breath for an inhuman amount of time and superlative knife throwing abilities. We heart him.
FOX’s “The Gifted”
This is just the casual tale of two parents realizing their children are mutants, so they join an underground community of mutants. Venezuelan actor Seane Teale plays a key role in leading the newcomers to a life of normalcy.
Superpowers: He can absorb and manipulate photons (i.e. light).
ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”
That’s right. You’re looking at heartthrob Gabriel Luna starring in a Marvel adaption. In it, he plays Robbie Reyes, the Latinized version of the Ghost Rider. His performance will get your heart racing in all the ways.
The CW’s “The Flash”
This “Arrows” spin-off had the second-most-watched premier in the history of The CW, after “The Vampire Diaries.” In it, we see co-star Candice Patton play the journalist that uncovers the identity of The Flash. She eventually takes on a leadership role with S.T.A.R. Labs and just overall slays.
Netflix’s “Iron Fist”
While we don’t see any headlining Latinos in this show, we see Bakuto played by Ramón Rodríguez, and the Internet is heart eyeing.
Caption: “Totally thought #IronFist was over @ 10 episodes… nope! The endgame for this season better be worth it. But at least this Bakuto guy is hot.”
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the iconic cameo of Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. Her superpower is being the go to Nurse Practitioner for all the superheroes in Marvel’s Universe.
Life lesson: everyone is your equal.
Netflix’s “Luke Cage”
If you’re as obsessed with Rosario Dawson as we are, then you should watch her steam up her role in “Luke Cage.” We ship these two.
Netflix’s “Siempre Bruja”
Colombian based “Siempre Bruja” gets it right and wrong in so many ways. Ultimately, we get to see an Afro-Latina claim her brujería to travel to the future to save the people she loves (even if that includes her slave master, ugh).
Netflix’s “La Reina del Flow”
Prepare yourself for a telenovela to end all novelas. No, Yeimy Montoya is not a superhero, but her character will inspire you to overcome all obstacles. After she’s framed for drug trafficking by her first love as a teenager, she comes back as an undercover agent to undermine Charly Cruz’s life. We stan.
Netflix’s “Pelé: Birth of a Legend”
If true stories are what really make you feel empowered, then this reenactment of Brazil’s Pelé story will get you good. He went from rags to winning Brazil’s first World Cup victory at the age of 17. You can win, too.
Today’s immigration rights crisis is devastating. Gael García Bernal’s role as a Mexican man trying to cross the border will make you root harder than ever before for migrant victories.
If you’ve heard of this show and still haven’t been floored by Kate del Castillo’s performance, this is your sign from god. Watch this if you’re in a toxic relationship that you need the courage to leave. At least your boo isn’t a corrupt President.
The CW’s “Jane the Virgin”
Gina Rodriguez’s role in the Americanized telenovela “Jane the Virgin” will help you realize that whatever bump you’ve encountered in this life might be the start of something beautiful. This is a feel-good show, no doubt, but you’ll also start to feel like you can do anything, mija.
The CW’s “Riverdale”
While the Latino family in this show are dirty rich, the heiress to the Lodge empire is pure of heart. Watch Veronica Lodge cleverly go up against a very twisted power struggle father-mija relationship to save Riverdale.
ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”
Mexican icon Karla Souza’s superpower in this show is pure ingenuity. She plays a lawyer that seems to know how to work the legal system to her advantage. It gets gooooood.
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”
You weren’t expecting doctor or lawyer shows to make this list, but we’re all chasing a feeling here. Seeing Sara Ramirez play bisexual Callie Torres as she goes up against her Catholic father with all the emotional strength and resilience we yearn for is contagious. You want these cooties.
“The Fast and the Furious”
My gay self needs Michelle Rodriguez here. Even though she isn’t a ‘good guy,’ we all want to be here. Use her badassery powers for good, mi gente.
Netflix’s “One Day at a Time”
The best superhero show of all is the recently canceled “One Day at a Time.” Why? We get to see the most modern Cuban family simply be themselves and that cultural mirroring will reaffirm your very remnant-loving Latino soul. #SaveODAAT!!!