BLACK, the Superhero Comic Where Only Black People Get Superpowers, to Be a Film Franchise from Studio 8

BLACK, the superhero comic book series by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, and Sarah Litt, funded on Kickstarter and published by Black Mask Comics, is to be a new movie from Jeff Robinov's Studio 8, with Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 as co-producers and Matteo Pizzolo of Black Mask as producer.

BLACK, the Superhero Comic Where Only Black People Get Superpowers, to Be a Film Franchise from Studio 8

Deadline reports that Dexter and Homeland's Seith Mann will adapt the series in which only black people can exhibit superpowers as a planned movie franchise for both BLACK and its spinoff BLACK [AF]: Ameria's Sweetheart.

In 2016, Kwanza told Bleeding Cool:

"Writing BLACK is bittersweet – it should have existed earlier and how the industry works is symptomatic of how the treatment of Blacks has risen in public consciousness. Diversity is on trend, but inclusion is not – so I'm not satisfied to have the mainstream publishers tokenize their brands in a grab for the fastest-growing consumer demographic. It's time to take some ownership of the Black narrative in American entertainment, and my partners and I intend to tell a story outside the capacity of most publishers."

And the success of Black Panther earning well over a billion in gross has opened up greater possibilities for superhero films as well.

It's also been announced, as spinoff series BLACK [AF]: Widows And Orphans sees its first issue published this coming Wednesday.

This is, frankly, massive. From people who were dropped by DC Comics, who have put together a superhero comic book that has now been picked up for movie treatment and at a time that has leapfrogged DC Comics in terms of culturally relevant sensibilities is quite the thing. Congratulations, all.

Man, I'm going to check out eBay speculator sales on this thing…

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It might also help some of those outstanding Kickstarters to be fulfilled…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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