Category: Film

This weekend belongs, unqestionably, to Black Panther. That being said, many people don’t recall (or maybe never knew) Wesley Snipes tried to bring the iconic comic book character to the big screen two decades ago. Things fell through and Snipes ended up bringing Blade to life instead in 1998.

Blade, of course, marks the beginning of films based on comic books (despite the fact that Snipes was apparently unaware Blade came from the world of comic books). The black vampire who did marshal arts (and wore a cool black leather coat like Shaft) stood alone as the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded until this weekend when Black Panther has taken unapologetically and unequivicably taken over the box office. Fortunately, Black Panther is unlikely to be the opposite bookend from Blade but the start of something even more special.

Discover more about the fascinating Hollywood backstory behind two iconic superheroes of color in Episode #80: Wesley Snipes talks Blade and Black Panther from Slate Represent over on Panoply. It’s worth the listen just to hear Snipes “Rawrr” not to mention the hints he drops about upcoming possibilities….

Editor's Note: I couldn't have said it better so I'm not going to try. Powerful words and perspective from those who brought Black Panther to life. Great reporting from San Bernadino American News.
By Ronda Racha Penrice, Urban News Service Fans, who bought a record-setting number of advance tickets, weren’t the only ones anticipating the Feb. 16 opening of “Black Panther,” Marvel’s historic first black superhero film. “I’ve been waiting a long time. I was just so, so excited because this was a movie [where] we all felt []
via “Black Panther” Stars and Creators Reflect On Its Arrival — San Bernardino American News