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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:05 PM
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Black Panther movie in development (not what you're thinking)
The Black Panther doesnt have the same name recognition as fellow Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Wolverine, but hes one of the most interesting characters in comic book history. Debuting in the mid-60s, the Panther is generally credited as the first African-American superhero in mainstream comic books. (He actually predated the founding of far-left-wing 60s group of the same name.) Theres been talk of a Black Panther movie for decades now, without any success, but it looks like Marvel is willing to try again: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios has hired documentarian Mark Bailey to draft a Black Panther screenplay.

The Panthers superpowers arent very interesting. Hes super-strong and super-agile, he occasionally sprouts claws, and his senses are all enhanced, which makes him a grab-bag mix of Daredevil, Wolverine, and BraveStarr. But the mythology around the character is fascinating. King of the (fictional) African nation Wakanda, the Panthers long comic history is dotted with intriguingly political story arcs. The Panthers status as an actual political force gives him a unique topical resonance lacking in, say, Ghost Rider. So even though Bailey has primarily worked on documentaries with titles like Pandemic: Facing AIDS and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, he might be the right choice for the material.

http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/01/21/black-panther-movie-m...
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 04:07 PM
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1. How utterly cool! Never heard of the chap but this sounds interesting
I just hope that his love interest(s) are sistas. It has been too long since we've seen a good black love story on the screen. The last one I remember was from the third Matrix but admittedly, it's been a loooong time since I've been able to see a bunch of black folks in a movie. :)
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