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I'm not sure if the comic book movie genre is more inclined to feed the internet rumor mill or if it's just that there are so many comic book movies being made at the moment that the law of averages takes over, but in any event, let the speculation continue. Last month, actor Morris Chestnut turned heads when he posted pictures of Marvel's Black Panther on his social media and then mentioned that it was time to get familiar with the character. It seemed as if he were dropping clues as to his imminent casting as the hero. However, nothing materialized and now it appears another name has entered the conversation. Rumor has it Marvel is very interested in Chadwick Boseman, the young actor who just headlined the Jackie Robinson biopic '42.' No official offer has been made, but sources say he is at the top of the list.
So now that Star-Lord has been cast, I guess Black Panther is going to be the new hotly-contested super hero lead. Point of fact, all vacant superhero roles are hotly-contested, but few have a casting process this public. Nothing says the part can't still go to Morris Chestnut, and in fact it makes sense that Marvel would be taking several meetings to ensure they get this character right. We're talking about a character who is not widely known among mainstream audiences, one who has never seen a previous big screen adaptation. On top of that, the track record with studios adapting African-American superheroes to film is abysmal. Did you see 'Steel?' 'Spawn?' It's never been the fault of the characters themselves, but instead a problem with heinous screenplays, and, in the case of 'Steel,' terrible casting. I don't know much about Boseman, so it's hard for me to weigh in on his suitability for the role, but given Marvel's casting track record over the last few years, I don't believe they're just interested in Boseman because '42' is making money. At this point, I'm just excited to see this project get moving.
What do you guys think? Would Boseman make a suitable Black Panther? Who is your current top choice?
Source: Latino Review