lawrence fishburne (perry white)*When the powers that be at Warner Bros. decided to the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” they wanted to shake things up some.

What better way to that than making one of the icon figures in the storied series a person of color. That would Daily Planet editor Perry White. Who’s played by a black man and that would be Lawrence Fishburne.

It would probably come as no surprise to learn that Fishburne’s casting drew criticism from some, but on the other hand, it drew praise as well.

By the way, may be wondering who, if anyone the veteran actor used to model his character after. Here’s what he told on the red carpet for the film’s premiere in NYC:

“Essentially, I used my model, my inspiration really is the late Ed Bradley, who was a CBS correspondent on 60 Minutes for many years.”

Fishburne continued: “Legendary Ed Bradley, who was a friend, a mentor, and a role model for me. Particularly because he worked in journalism, and he was the kind of guy who walked with kings, but he had the common touch. And so he was my inspiration for Perry.”

Meanwhile you might wonder what his thoughts are on the the so called “Man of Steel’ himself. Check out what he has to say in the video below:

“Man of Steel” opens this weekend