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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.