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A New Class of Diverse Superheros

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Black Comic Characters are Finally Coming to Life

It’s obvious that the superhero world is not very diverse, but that’s about to change as studies suggest audiences want to see more people of color on the big screen intights. Moviegoers, including comic book cinephiles, are more diverse than ever. A study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA claimed that movies with more diverse casts earned more money than those with homogeneous casts.

Comic book and superhero films are only growing in popularity, and audiences are asking filmmakers when they plan on making more superhero films from black comic book characters, of which there are several well-known serials. There have been about 10 films released featuring black superhero leads that grossed a total of 1 billion dollars. It’s time to introduce the new black superheroes you will be seeing on the silver screen in the near future.

Black Superman white batman

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Here’s the latest, greatest black superheroes.

Black Panther

Black Panther movie poster

Source: Marvel Studios

Black Panther has been around since 1966 when comic creators felt that there was a lack of black representation in comics. Black Panther was introduced to movie screen in the most recent Avengers film. Marvel is slated to make his first solo film for release in 2018. The film will be groundbreaking in that it will be the first superhero film with a majority black cast.


Spawn comic cover

Source: Image Comics

Spawn hit the scene in 1992 as a dark, brooding anti-hero, who killed thugs and deviants. Comic creator Todd McFarlane is shopping a screenplay around Hollywood to create a film just for him, and we’re thinking there’s a good shot since the wise-cracking, very adult Deadpool character did so well as an R-rated film. Spawn will be different than the comic version, however, because McFarlane wants to make it more supernatural and suspenseful.