‘Black Panther’ leaps from the screen into superhero superstardom
“Black Panther” feels like a new thing in the world. As former “Black Panther” comics author Christopher J. Priest put it on his blog, “We have simply never seen anything at all like this: a huge blockbuster featuring a mostly black cast with effects rivaling ‘Avatar’ and where every dime of that budget is up there on the screen.”
It has a black director in Ryan “Creed” Coogler; black screenwriters in Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, and an almost entirely black cast. It is black front to back. It is black on both sides.
Does this make it exclusively a “black movie?” Of course not. “Black Panther” is simultaneously thus far the year’s best family movie and easily the most thematically sophisticated superhero movie we’ve ever encountered.