Making Africans proud: 'Black Panther' superhero movie praised worldwide

Making Africans proud: 'Black Panther' superhero movie praised worldwide

- On Monday the Black Panther movie made its World Premiere, and people were in awe

- Three of our South African actors joined the star-studded cast on the ‘purple carpet’ and we couldn’t be more proud

- The movie was Marvel Comics first ever film with a black producer and a black lead actor

When I first saw the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War I was overjoyed. Then, I heard the first ever black superhero would be getting his own movie, which recently had its World Premiere.

Although I am a white South African, I was proud to known African people and their amazing cultures would be given a chance to show the world just how unique and special they are.

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The movie celebrated black people, since it was the first ever Marvel Superhero film with a black lead, Chadwick Boseman, and a black director, Ryan Coogler.

Not to mention the incorporation of black musicians, including Kendrick Lamar and SZA, in the movie’s original soundtrack.

And, although a lot of the cast were actually Americans, there were three South Africans as well. John Kani, Atandwa Kani and Connie Chiume all appeared in the film, with john retaking his role as King T’Chaka.

Atandwa portrayed the younger version of King T’Chaka, while Chuime played the role of a mining elder.

And we must say, the three South African actors made us proud at the opening night on Monday.

Making Africans proud: 'Black Panther' superhero movie praised worldwide

Proudly South African, Connie Chiume on the purple carpet. Photo credit: Channel24

Making Africans proud: 'Black Panther' superhero movie praised worldwide

John Kani and Atandwa Kani at the World Premiere of the Black Panther. Photo credit: Channel24

And, when the premiere reached its end, social media blew up with admiration for the African Superhero movie.

According to fans Black Panther changed the Superhero landscape forever. Many saw the film as inspiring, and one which shows “why identity matters”.

The movie was also praised for empowering black women, with some female fans saying they felt “seen”.

Now, we just have to wait for the iconic film to hit our cinemas. Take a look at the official trailer below:

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