Like it or not, more and more it is obvious that geek is in vogue and that will not change anytime soon. That being said the plethora of shows and films continues to grow with the announcement of a release date for an upcoming weekly animated series starring one of the Avengers’ big guns, the Black Panther.
Episode 1 of the series, titled Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?, will be available for download starting June 23, 2010. The 12-episode series from Marvel Knights Animation is based on the graphic novel of the same title written by Reginald Hudlin with art by the power house of talent John Romita Jr.
One of the more interesting bits of news regarding this animated series is that it will be released through iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune, and PlayStation® Network. So it is becoming more and more evident that the internet is a viable medium for comic animation and motion comics. Of course this leads to the question of how well can this sell without the proper advertisement and pushing it to non comic fans. Of course comic fans will probably see ads in their comics or will read websites that release this news, but will main stream audiences even hear about this at all? Can this lead to a bigger adaptation on the big screen?
Marvel Animation looks like they have a hit on their hands with BET’s Black Panther. Well, at least a hit intro, that is.
There are some really big names attached to this project and I’m salivating at the chance to see it here in the United States. The series is written and co-produced by Reginald Hudlin. Djimon Hounsou voices Black Panther/T’Challa, king of the African nation of Wakanda. Stan Lee provides the voice of General Wallace, JB Blanc voices The Black Knight and Batroc, Kerry Washington voices Princess Shuri, and Jill Scott provides the voice of Storm.
If you’re a huge fan of artist John Romita Jr, you will no doubt love the art used in this intro, based off the “Who Is the Black Panther?” arc by Hudlin and Romita JR.
Unfortunately, unless you’re a crocodile or Kangaroo Jack, you can only watch the intro to the series, which is now online — watch it here below. The series premiered this month on ABC3, an Australian children’s channel and currently has no air date or network set for the U.S.