One of the many comic book characters awaiting their big screen debut is the Black Panther. The Marvel comic property has been rumored as a developing live action adaptation for what seems like an eternity. Over at IGN, they spoke to G.I Joe: Rise of Cobra star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje about the speculation that he could be the one to bring this superhero to life.
“I’ve always had a passion to play a superhero, and now it appears to becoming real,” he stated. “It would be a boyhood dream to have that materialized. I was at Comic Con this year and the timing for such a character to come to life couldn’t be more appropriate. I would love to be the one to wear the suit and go out and represent.”
I know you would Adewale, I know you would! In the past 15 years we’ve only had two major franchise releases headlined by African American superheroes, Spawn and Blade. I think this could be the guy to take this character to where he needs to be.
“I’d like to convey an element of him that is real and raw; the same rawness that you saw in Adebisi, Mr. Eko or Majestic from Get Rich or Die Tryin’.’ I can make this guy real. He’s a panther, which is based upon an animal, a proud animal. I would bring some elements from my culture, which is Nigeria. I’m from an area which is known for its regality. In fact, my name, Adewale, means the ‘crown has come home, the crown is here’. Together, with that rawness, and the regality because he is an African prince, I would love to bring out the cultural elements of my background to it.”
Dear Marvel, can we make this happen? I’ll admit, I am a long time fan of Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Even though he scares the crap out of me in 99.9 percent of his roles, I’m still a fan. He seems to understand the background of this character, and its stance in the comic community. I need movement on either this property or Luke Cage, give me something people.
Do you think Akinnuoye-Agbaje would make a good Black Panther? Who else could play the character?