Marvel and BET Team Up for Black Panther Animated Show

T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, will probably never make it to the big screen (damn the man! they’re not ready for an ass-kicking brotha from the jungle, that’s the problem), but that doesn’t mean he will be denied completely. Variety reports that the black entertainment channel BET has struck a deal with Marvel to bring the Black Panther to the small screen in his own animated TV show. BET announced the deal at its media upfront presentation, where channel released its 2008-2009 schedule.

Here’s more about the Black Panther for those of you who don’t know (via Wikipedia):

The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the African nation of Wakanda. In addition to ruling the country, he is also chief of its various tribes (collectively referred to as the Wakandas). The Panther uniform is a symbol of office and is used even during diplomatic missions.

The Black Panther is entitled to the use of a heart-shaped herb that grants the person who consumes it enhanced strength, agility, and perception. The present-day bearer of the Black Panther mantle is T’Challa, who has had a lengthy career as a superhero, including a longstanding membership in The Avengers. For a brief time upon joining the superhero team the Avengers, the Black Panther wore a cowled half-mask, similar to that of Batman.

And for those wondering, the Black Panther was created well before the Black Panther movement of the ’60s.

The Panther prowls basic cable in 2009.

Black Panther Animated Show on BET



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  • Mike Belgrove

    I was talking about BET’s Black Panther show over on Highbrid Nation. I honestly feel like its one of the best ideas to come out of BET in a long time. Let’s face it over the last few years BET has become nothing more than “MTV starring black people”. And MTV really isn’t the best model for a network to follow. I plan to keep an eye on how this develops. Could it signal a change in the direction of BET?…lol probably not.

  • Mike Belgrove

    I was talking about BET’s Black Panther show over on Highbrid Nation. I honestly feel like its one of the best ideas to come out of BET in a long time. Let’s face it over the last few years BET has become nothing more than “MTV starring black people”. And MTV really isn’t the best model for a network to follow. I plan to keep an eye on how this develops. Could it signal a change in the direction of BET?…lol probably not.

  • Mike Belgrove

    I was talking about BET’s Black Panther show over on Highbrid Nation. I honestly feel like its one of the best ideas to come out of BET in a long time. Let’s face it over the last few years BET has become nothing more than “MTV starring black people”. And MTV really isn’t the best model for a network to follow. I plan to keep an eye on how this develops. Could it signal a change in the direction of BET?…lol probably not.

  • Mike Belgrove

    I was talking about BET’s Black Panther show over on Highbrid Nation. I honestly feel like its one of the best ideas to come out of BET in a long time. Let’s face it over the last few years BET has become nothing more than “MTV starring black people”. And MTV really isn’t the best model for a network to follow. I plan to keep an eye on how this develops. Could it signal a change in the direction of BET?…lol probably not.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    This is really great, for Panther fans and BET itself. Black Panther is undoubtedly the greatest black superhero and should shine in some other form other than comics. And, perhaps more interestingly, BET will be gaining a significant number of white viewers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    This is really great, for Panther fans and BET itself. Black Panther is undoubtedly the greatest black superhero and should shine in some other form other than comics. And, perhaps more interestingly, BET will be gaining a significant number of white viewers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    This is really great, for Panther fans and BET itself. Black Panther is undoubtedly the greatest black superhero and should shine in some other form other than comics. And, perhaps more interestingly, BET will be gaining a significant number of white viewers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    This is really great, for Panther fans and BET itself. Black Panther is undoubtedly the greatest black superhero and should shine in some other form other than comics. And, perhaps more interestingly, BET will be gaining a significant number of white viewers.

  • Terrell Robinson

    I saw the trailer for the black panther cartoon on BET. I think it sucks. It reminds me of the 1965 marvel comics cartoon they use of the Thor. It was too stiff. They need hire a better animator.

  • Terrell Robinson

    I saw the trailer for the black panther cartoon on BET. I think it sucks. It reminds me of the 1965 marvel comics cartoon they use of the Thor. It was too stiff. They need hire a better animator.