On February 16th, Marvel’s film adaptation of the Black Panther comic series lands in theaters. First introduced by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby back in 1966, the Black Panther has waited over six decades to be featured in his own full length movie. High hopes are resting on writer/director Ryan Coogler (well-known for his critically acclaimed films Fruitvale Station and Creed) to make a noteworthy adaptation.
This year’s Black Panther movie follows several successful comic runs in recent years, including the 1998 series by Christopher Priest and the newly launched 2016 series by Ta-Nehesi Coates. The new movie pulls from several of these predecessors, and Coogler has publicly stated his admiration for the new Coates series. Here’s hoping that audiences are as pleased with Hollywood’s treatment of the Black Panther as they were with last summer’s long-awaited Wonder Woman….