Superman stood for truth, justice and the American way. He fought for others who could not fight for themselves, and I thought that was awesome.
The Incredible Hulk also made me want to be a superhero. Bill Bixby was my idol. He helped everyone. It did not matter your race or socioeconomic placement in the world. He changed lives for the better, and I thought that was amazing.
I used to read the Captain American comic book series and had the chance to read about Sam Wilson, The Falcon. He was a black superhero who was a sidekick to Captain America. I loved the things he did. He was fast, strong, and not afraid of anything or anyone. When he was featured in 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," it was like I was a kid again. I had always hoped he would get his own movie.
On that note, when I heard actress Michelle Rodgriguez's comments about minority superheroes, all of these childhood memories came to mind. Even her "apology" on Facebook was just as misguided. Either she doesn't follow superheroes very often or she's conveniently forgetting some facts about how minority cultures have played a part in these mythical characters.