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Black Panther (TV series)

Black Panther
File:Black Panther animated series logo.jpg
Genre Action
Adventure
Science fiction
Superhero fiction
Based on Black Panther
by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Developed by Reginald Hudlin
Written by Reginald Hudlin
Directed by Mark Brooks
Jon Schnepp
Voices of Djimon Hounsou
Stan Lee
Kerry Washington
Alfre Woodard
David Busch
Stephen Stanton
Jill Scott
Theme music composer Stephen James Taylor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6
Production
Executive producer(s) Stan Lee
Reginald Hudlin
Eric S. Rollman
Aaron Parry
Sidney Clifton
Chris Prynoski
Shannon Prynoski
Jeff Fry
Producer(s) Cort Lane
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Marvel Knights Animation
Hudlin Entertainment
Titmouse,inc.
BET
Release
Original channel ABC3 (Australia)
BET (U.S.)
Original release January 16, 2010 – January 30, 2010

Black Panther is an American cartoon series by Marvel Knights Animation, Titmouse, inc. in partnership with Hudlin Entertainment and BET, based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It was the first animated television series produced by BET since Hey Monie!. Each of the six episodes of the series was 20 minutes in length.

The series was broadcast on the Australian children's channel ABC3 in January 2010[1] and in the United States on BET in November 2011.[2]

Plot

Upon becoming the new Black Panther after the assassination of his father T'Chaka, T'Challa deals with the jealousy in the Wakandan royal court while looking for the man who killed his father. Unbeknownst to Black Panther, Klaw (the man who assassinated T'Chaka) has assembled a group of villains consisting of Batroc the Leaper, Juggernaut, the Vatican Black Knight, and the Russian Radioactive Man to help him take over Wakanda.

Cast

Additional voices

Episode list

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Production

At a presentation held in New York City in April 2008, BET announced that it had signed a deal with Marvel Comics to turn Black Panther into a primetime half-hour animated series. In July 2008 at the San Diego Comic-Con International, the first footage of the series was shown publicly, indicating that the series was essentially just motion comic versions of the mini-series released by Marvel Comics.[5]

The show was supervised by Reginald Hudlin, the President of Entertainment at BET, who also wrote, along with John Romita, Jr. as the artist, the story arc of the Black Panther comic entitled "Who is the Black Panther?" on which the first six episodes were based.[5][6] Only subtle deviations from the comic exist, such as replacing Rhino with Juggernaut.

Djimon Hounsou was cast to voice T'Challa/Black Panther.[7] The series was directed by Mark Brooks.[8] The theme song was composed by Stephen James Taylor in a dialect meant to be Wakandan (the fictional character's native language). In reality, the song employed a Bantu-based language of Taylor's creation.

DVD release

United States

On January 18, 2011, the series was released to Region 1 DVD by Shout! Factory. It was part of the Marvel Knights Animation line, the line reserved for Marvel's motion comics.

Australia

Magna Pacific released the series in region 4.[9] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1, 2010.

References

  1. "Black Panther Debut Set in Australia!". Animated Superheroes. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. "BET Schedule". Black Entertainment Television. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. "Marvel Animation Age". Marvel.toonzone.net. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  4. [1][dead link]
  5. 5.0 5.1 "First Look at BET's Black Panther - TV News at IGN". Tv.ign.com. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  6. Dempsey, John (2008-04-17). "BET cages 'Black Panther'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  7. "News". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  8. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1033955/
  9. "About Magna Home Entertainment". magnapacific.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 

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