With Black Panther opening this month there’s a massive wave of excitement at a high profile black superhero having their own big budget film but T’Challa isn’t the first black hero to get on film.
First up is 1997’s Steel.
I know the trailer looks shite but trust me, the film is much, much worse.
Next up is Michael Jai White in Spawn, also from 1997 and marginally less shite than Steel, though not by much.
The less said about Halle Berry’s Catwoman film the better.
There’s also the likes of Hancock and err, Meteor Man to be briefly mentioned and discarded.
There are of course the odd one’s out with the first two Blade films which were actually really good. The first one apart from being a bloody good action film had much to say about class and race in its own wee way.
And the sequel was all about Guillermo del Toro having a shitload of fun.
Sadly, the third film was rubbish so moving on, can you see now what if you’re white there’s plenty of superheroes that look like you on the screen, but if you’re not there’s a small handful of mainly rubbish films and the odd two that stand out so for a large section of the population, Black Panther is a big deal.
We’ll no doubt see companies turn out more films featuring black heroes, and indeed, the Black Lightning TV series is doing some good work but before we don’t see films like Black Panther as unusual there’s still a load of work to be done.
I’m waiting though for my 200 million dollar Brother Voodoo film.