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    OZY Casts the Next Great Black Superheroes

    Actor Chadwick Boseman, who made his name playing baseball great Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42, won’t answer the question: Will he be donning the Vibranium-laced boots of the Black Panther, Marvel’s crime-fighting, superior-tech-backed African prince?

    “I can’t really talk about that right now,” Boseman tells OZY with a telling laugh.

    That’s right. A black superhero who shares the name of one of the most controversial political parties in American history. (The hero born T’Challa made his July 1966 debut in The Fantastic Four, months before Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party shook up the American consciousness). Indeed, it wasn’t his moniker that had comic book followers talking. It was the fact that Marvel’s first black superhero literally went toe-to-toe against future box-office behemoths The Avengers — he later joined the team — and ruled over a futuristic African nation that had never been conquered. The Black Panther would be controversial — as controversial as the cartoon version commissioned for BET.

    But if Boseman has indeed jumped on for the coveted role of the Black Panther, it will continue a recent rising tide of black superheroes in Hollywood.

    There was the news leaked that in the sequel to Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent would be joined by Justice League member Cyborg. The casting of Ray Fisher as the former Teen Titan and the controversial signing of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot (in the comics, Storm – aka the Human Torch — is white … cue the fanboy freakout) comes on the heels of the debut of the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in the mammoth blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which to-date has taken in nearly $700 million globally. And Halle Berry returned as the weather-changing mutant Storm in the recently released X-Men: Days of Future Past. But here are OZY’s picks for who the next great black superheroes should be:

    Patriot
    Sooner or later, actor Chris Evans will have to hang up Captain America’s shield. When that happens, Marvel should think seriously about finding an exciting replacement. And they could turn to one underused character: The Patriot, the grandson of African-American World War II supersoldier Isaiah Bradley, who just so happens to be the leader of the Young Avengers. In the comic book, he receives a blood transfusion from Cap himself after taking a bullet, thus receiving Steve Rogers’ enhanced abilities of the First Avenger. This one is a no-brainer. And if we had our way, 22-year-old Attack the Block and 24 actor John Boyega (the British newcomer has already mastered a Yankee accent!) would be our first choice to play young Bradley.

    Misty Knight
    She’s a brilliant, gorgeous law-enforcement officer turned superhero, and has an enhanced bionic arm. Carrying on the name of Luke Cage’s Heroes for Hire outfit, the firearm-toting Knight would pop and bring some much-needed gender diversity to Hollywood’s superpowered obsessions.

    Green Lantern
    According to reports, the Zack Snyder dream vehicle will introduce the Justice League, with Wonder Woman and the aforementioned Cyborg making appearances. But DC Comics should reintroduce the Green Lantern, the ring-powered galactic protector who headlined the messy, uninspired self-titled 2011 film. Since the original Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, struck out, let the more thoroughly serious African-American version in John Stewart get some screen time.

    Brother Voodoo
    Don’t let the cringeworthy name fool you. Brother Voodoo — aka Jericho Drumm — is a respected character in the Marvel Universe. So respected, in fact, that the mystical force was chosen to replace supernatural big dog Doctor Strange as the universal Sorcerer Supreme for a brief time (he earned the Eye of Agamotto during the Dark Reign series). Translated from nerdspeak: The dude is a serious problem.

    Icon
    What better way to honor late African-American comic book visionary Dwayne McDuffie than to bring one of his most intriguing creations to the theaters? Introduced in 1993 by the DC-distributed Milestone Comics, the powerful Icon is really an alien who crash-lands on Earth, taking on the likeness of the first person he comes into contact with — a slave. Icon once punched Superman out of the Justice League’s Watchtower. Enough said.

    But until these imaginings become a reality, look ahead to one of the most anticipated films of the summer, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

    Keith “Murph” Murphy spars with brazen hip-hop moguls, Hollywood rebels, revered thespians, redemption-seeking pugilists and more. His work has appeared in VIBE, The New York Post, Billboard Magazine, Essence, and The Root. He’s a frequent commentator on CNN, Fox News, VH1 and A&E Biography.



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    MAN OF STEEL

    From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill (“Immortals,” TV’s “The Tudors”) in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”).

    Superman


    A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

    The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master”) as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) and Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”).

    Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue (upcoming “The Seventh Son”). Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer (“Angels and Demons”), and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

    Rounding out the cast are Christopher Meloni (upcoming “42”) as U.S. military man Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix (“State of Play”) as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Steve Lombard, and Richard Schiff (TV’s “The West Wing”) as Dr. Emil Hamilton.

    “Man of Steel” is being produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are serving as executive producers.

    Zack Snyder’s behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Amir Mokri (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”); production designer Alex McDowell (“Watchmen”); editor David Brenner (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”); and multiple Academy Award®-winning costume designer James Acheson (“Restoration,” the “Spider-Man” films) and costume designer Michael Wilkinson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2,” “Watchmen,” “300”). The music is by Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Inception”).

    Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX®, and is slated for release on June 14, 2013. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

    This film has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.

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  1. Adeolah Entertainment ...
    Home of the Premiere 3D animated black superheroes including the Extraordinary Grands created by Roger Barnes.
    http://www.adeolah.com

  2. Africomics.com! The Black Comic Book Portal ...
    Black Comic Book, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Superhero portal.
    http://www.africomics.com/

  3. Askari Hodari >...
    Official Website of Askari Hodari.
    http://www.stormpages.com/askarihodari/

  4. Bill Murray ...
    Internationally syndicated African American cartoonist Bill Murray. There's only 300 total... Only eight African Americans.
    http://www.billmurrays.com/

  5. Black Age of Comics Convention ...
    Black Age of Comics Convention / Onli Studios. "The Black Age of Comics", was created by Turtel Onli to refer to independent creativity derived from the Black or African experience.
    http://www.dablackage.blogspot.com/

  6. Black Cartoons: African Americans in Animation ...
    This site celebrates Black Cartoons and artists.
    http://blackcartoons.tripod.com

  7. Boondocks ...
    The official website for the Boondocks: a comic strip by Aaron McGruder about youth, social satire, and hip-hop. A group of multi-ethnic children move into a newly integrated neighborhood in the way-out suburbs. Silliness and serious issues ensue as each group adjusts to each other.
    http://www.boondocks.net

  8. Brotherman Comics ...
    He's Here Everything's Gonna be Alright" “The Long wait is over . . . now you can own the first 4 issues of the Classic Back Issues that inspired a generation of young readers and artists!”
    http://www.brothermancomics.com/

  9. Caricatures by Kerry G. Johnson ...
    African American caricaturist, cartoonist and graphic designer.
    http://www.kerrykraft.com/

  10. Charles Boyce ...
    Web Site featuring Compu-toon - Online Comics, Editorial Cartoons, Email Comics, Political Cartoons.
    http://www.gocomics.com/compu-toon/

  11. Clamp Champ ...
    Welcome 2 A yahoo fan group 4 the masters of universe hero, Clamp Champ! Please join & don't forget to leave a message or post a pix.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clampchamp/

  12. Dafixer's Hideout ...
    Dafixer, Leader of the underground movement to keep the Fanboy Nation alive by any means necessary and specialist in information, education, enumeration, libation and liberation.
    http://www.dafixer.com/

  13. Demond Comics ...
    A exciting, new hero, who's destiny, is are fate!
    http://www.demond-comics.com/

  14. Diehard Studio Entertainment ...
    Diehard Studio Entertainment website.
    http://www.diehardstudio.com/

  15. Doc & AJ Comics ...
    Doc & AJ Comics publishes culturally sensitive comics and comic strips. We are currently featuring the Tobacco Avengers "Reload" issue.
    http://www.docandajcomics.com/

  16. Don McGregor's Cyberpad ...
    Creator of: Detectives Inc., Sabre, Ragamuffins, Nathaniel Dusk, Lady Rawhide.
    http://www.donmcgregor.com/

  17. Dwayne McDuffie.com ...
    The co-founder and creator of Milestone Media.
    http://www.dwaynemcduffie.com

  18. Finally In Full Color ...
    This site is dedicated to the research and promotion of the history of Blacks in Comics.
    http://finallyinfullcolor.com/

  19. Force Galaxia ...
    Created by Andre Owens.
    http://www.forcegalaxia.com/

  20. Genesis Comics ...
    Genesis Comics The New Generation!
    http://g.comics.tripod.com/GenesisComics/

  21. Ghettostone ...
    African American owned comic book production company in the United States! Our comic books feature African American superheroes in action adventure stories told from a Black Perpective!
    http://www.ghettostone.com/

  22. Graffiti On The Sun ...
    Tagging a new dawn of black comics.
    http://graffiti-on-the-sun.blogspot.com/

  23. Housebroken Comic Strip ...
    Housebroken: The comic strip adventures of pit bull rapper DJ Dog after he goes bankrupt and moves in with the family of his African-American attorney. Syndicated by Tribune Media Services.
    http://www.myhousebroken.com

  24. Jappamation Studios ...
    Jappamation Studios is an African American publisher of cd-rom and print comic books.
    http://jappamationstudios.tripod.com

  25. Lonnie Millsap ...
    Website built by Black cartoonist Lonnie Millsap to promote and sell "My Washcloth Stinks!"...the funniest cartoon book in cartoon book history. Published by Rollyhead Publishing.
    http://www.lonniemillsap.com/

  26. Mama's Boyz >...
    The Mama's Boyz comic strip follows the lives of an African-American mom raising her two teenage sons.
    http://www.mamasboyz.com/index.html

  27. Milestone Media ...
    Milestone Media website.
    http://www.hiprofile.com/

  28. M. Rasheed ...
    the home of cartoon illustrator, caricaturist, comic book artist and self-publisher M. Rasheed.
    http://www.mrasheed.com/

  29. Neters ...
    The official Neters project-focus-website, where AFroFuturism, African Centeredness, and Metaphysics, combine to bring you original graphic novels and comics.
    http://www.neters.tv/

  30. Superhero Comic Books ...
    Get great prices on superhero comic books today!
    http://www.vintagesuperhero.com/

  31. The Fearless Five ...
    The Fearless Five are a team of young, Black children spending their free time using their imaginations to become superheroes and explore their own potential in creative play.
    http://www.fearlessfive.com/

  32. The Guardian Line ...
    The Guardian Universe. Join our characters as they take you on an electrifying journey through the fictional city of New Hope.
    http://www.theguardianline.com/

  33. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed ...
    Entertainment and eCommerce Website featuring published cartoon books, Web Comics, and original Flash animation shorts by African American cartoonist M. Rasheed. Commisions available by request.
    http://www.mrasheed.com/

  34. The Sons of Liberty ...
    Identity Artists Group: presents The Sons of Liberty.
    http://www.thesonsoflibertybook.com/

  35. Urban Avengers ...
    A site dedicated to black superheroes of all times.
    http://urbanavengers.tripod.com/

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