This seems to me to be where things get all screwy with movies about established characters. As noted, Marvel has almost no problem with this* with their movie characters.
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But DC, as noted, flings its dung against the wall to see what sticks. A black Deadshot seemed to be the start, and while I love Will Smith's acting and characters (usually), it didn't fit the character history for me.
So... Kal-El, Bruce Wayne, Diana, Hal Jordan**, etc. are white. Always have been. Perry White, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Alfred Pennyworth, Robin, Iris Allen***, Carol Ferris have always been white.
You can't eat your cake and have it too. Want to add a variation on a theme? Add a new character. By this point, DC seems to have screwed up their characters in movies so much that new characters don't feel that outrageous. Introduce a love interest for Clark Kent who's black. Give Batman a Robin who's Hispanic or female.**** Have Diana meet a boyfriend who's Mediterranean - heck, that's almost logical. Make the publisher of the Daily Planet a woman from Southeast Asia.
New characters have come and gone many times in so many comic stories. I think it hurts nothing if DC would be consistent with their "legacy" characters and just bring in new ones. They have WHAT exactly to lose?
* Although I'm still annoyed as hell about a female Ancient One.
** Yes, there was Nubia. And while Hal Jordan is a white male, a Green Lantern doesn't even have to be HUMAN. I would love to see Katma Tui introduced.
**** Again? But that trick never works!