The excitement before the opening of the black panther.

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The excitement before the black panther opens.

The film has a black superhero, a predominantly black actor, and an African future. David Green and John terry talked about why it means so much to many people of color.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

One of the first black comic superheroes is making a comeback. “Panther” was a product of the 1960s. This is the first time a miracle has been performed to present the king and protector of a fictional African nation. Now, after years of obscurity, he is making his own film.

(movie voice, “black panther”)

Martin froman: [like Everett roth] you tell me that the Kings of the third world wear flak jackets and run around?

Unknown actor :(as a character) yes.

INSKEEP: the film opens this week with an article about Tre Johnson’s Rolling Stones.

TRE JOHNSON: I was a black kid growing up in a central jersey. And, you know, I’m really shy, I’m really embarrassed. Comic books are a very safe place for me.

INSKEEP: kind of safe. When he was a kid, Johnson wanted to wear something like spiderman, but he didn’t think he could because spiderman was white. The writer told David green why it was important.

Johnson: all entertainment is escapism. For? Just as we love to see ourselves in clothes and shawls, we’ve really found our beloved characters. I think, I think I’m thinking about a little problem, and that’s pretty much the case for people, why can’t I see myself running away from a lot of my favorite stories? And I think the constant oversight really surprises you, like – who is really attached to it?

David green: so I know you haven’t seen the new movie. But have you seen the trailer?

Johnson: yes.

Edward green: I know it’s true – I mean, even if it’s emotional for you.

Johnson: I was really touched to see the trailer. Here, I’m like a 40-year-old black man who spent decades reading comic books and black characters on and around the field. So, just like seeing a lot of “black panther” stories on the big screen, I realized to a large extent how difficult it was, and I think my nieces, nephews and Cousins. For? They were all under ten. These children do not have to stand in the way of their struggle to see these stories, as they know.

Edward green: there are other superhero movies. Those movies have strong black leaders. Why? Why is it so special?

Johnson: you know, when you see some of the movies that have happened before, like blade, catwoman, even Smith Hancock, I often combine them with the actors’ own brands. . You know, you’d think Smith would be like Hancock. You’ll see Wesley snipes as a blade. I think it’s different because one of them is almost entirely black. Second, what happened in Africa in places like Britain did not happen to black people and African heroes. It’s a very unique thing to incorporate all of this into the film.

Edward green: given that you want this movie to be a superhero for your nieces and nephews, it could be black. Did you put too much pressure on the movie?

Johnson :(laughs) no, I don’t think so. It’s very much like a cultural moment. I looked at all the different ways to party on social media feeds. People are talking about how they dress and prepare and how they will celebrate this moment. Like, I don’t think that’s too much. It’s too time-consuming. I’ve been puzzled by the mainstream media’s reaction to huge cultural trends such as “black panther” movies and movies. Just like, it reflects that our audience is always here, and we’re ready to see our typical story on the home screen.

INSKEEP: David talks to writer Tre Johnson.

(” SONG SOITEBITE “, “all star”)

KENDRICK LAMAR and SZA :(singing) it’s probably my dream, I know all the stars are together, all the stars are together.

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