In a world where superhero stories can reinvent history and alternate worlds, the Black comic book is especially poignant. It reimagines a world where only black people have superpowers, shifting the dynamic of the society in the real world. So for there to be a Black comic book adaptation just makes sense. And to say that the series becoming a feature film is timely, would be an understatement. With the current racial climate in America, a story that focuses on black people having all the power, literally, is extremely interesting.
Black Mask’s Comic Series ‘Black’ Sounds Extremely Original
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Alt-history movies or shows are not uncommon. You can even say that many of Tarantino’s recent period flicks are in that genre. Prime Video’s The Man In The High Castle, DC Comics’ Superman Red Son, and many others all showcase a world where things happened differently than ours. Similarly, Black takes that same ‘what if’ approach to a world where only the black minority get superpowers. It’s a unique take, that is a very un-subtle flipping of the power dynamics that we experience in the real world. While black people in everyday society are powerless to the hordes of injustices that befall them, the Black comic book adaptation literally gives them all the power.
Black is a comic book series from Black Mask written by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. The series is about a young man who is able to walk away from a violent encounter with the police, only to realize that he might have superpowers. As he discovers what he’s capable of, he also learns about a secret organization that wants to control him and others like him. Before he knows it, he’s caught in the middle of a war where the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.
Warner Bros. Doing A Back Comic Book Adaptation
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There is a recent trend of successful content showcasing the black experience in a genre setting. Shows like HBO’s Watchmen, and the currently airing Lovecraft Country, feature black actors in leading roles with the stories focused around their experience through metaphor, symbolism or by straight out calling out the racial disparity in those worlds. A Black comic book adaptation could further explore those same topics but in a more a more literal setting as black superheroes, and villains, roam the world.
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