Black Panther (TV series)

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Black Panther
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
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
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Marvel Animation
BET
Broadcast
Original channel ABC3 (Australia)
BET (U.S.)
Original run January 16, 2010 – January 30, 2010

Black Panther is an American cartoon series by Marvel Animation in partnership with 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[edit]

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.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1-2 "Pilot" Australia January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16)[3]
United States November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)[4]
In a top-secret Washington meeting, Intelligence Agent Everett Ross briefs the government on the history of the Black Panther, the warrior king of the African nation, Wakanda. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Prince T'Challa wins an annual Wakanda tournament, and becomes the Black Panther. Meanwhile, a disastrous man/machine hybrid is built.
3-4 "Black Panther" Australia January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16)[5]
United States November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)[4]
Having been crowned the new Black Panther, T'Challa must contend with jealousy in the royal court while searching for the man who murdered his father. Unknown to him, a deadly assassin named Klaw is assembling a team of super-villains to attack Wakanda.
5-6 "Revenge of the Evil" Australia January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)[6]
United States November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)[7]
A young T'Challa travels to Egypt and encounters Storm of the X-Men. While preparing to attack Wakanda, Klaw recalls how he assassinated the previous Black Panther.
7-8 "Death of Father" Australia January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)[8]
United States November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)[7]
Juggernaut and the Black Knight spearhead the attack on Wakanda, and the Black Panther learns the truth about his father's murder.
9-10 "Black Panther vs. Juggernaut and Black Knight" Australia January 30, 2010 (2010-01-30)[9]
United States November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)[2]
With Wakanda under siege from Klaw's team of super-villains, the Black Panther confronts the Black Knight in aerial combat. Princess Shuri must defend herself against the deadly Radioactive Man.
11-12 "To the End" Australia January 30, 2010 (2010-01-30)[10]
United States November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)[2]
Klaw has taken control of Wakanda, and the Black Panther races against time to save his nation from destruction.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[13]

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.[13][14] Only subtle deviations from the comic exist, such as replacing Rhino with Juggernaut.

Djimon Hounsou was cast to voice T'Challa/Black Panther.[15] The series was directed by Mark Brooks.[16] 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[edit]

United States[edit]

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[edit]

Magna Pacific released the series in region 4.[17] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Black Panther Debut Set in Australia!". Animated Superheroes. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "BET Schedule". Black Entertainment Television. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  3. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  4. ^ a b "BET Schedule". Black Entertainment Television. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  5. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  6. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  7. ^ a b "BET Schedule". Black Entertainment Television. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  8. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-23. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  9. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  10. ^ "ABC3 Television Guide". Abc.net.au. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Marvel Animation Age". Marvel.toonzone.net. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ a b "First Look at BET's Black Panther - TV News at IGN". Tv.ign.com. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  14. ^ Dempsey, John (2008-04-17). "BET cages 'Black Panther'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  15. ^ "News". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1033955/
  17. ^ "About Magna Home Entertainment". magnapacific.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 

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