I have watched the trailer for upcoming Marvel Studios Black Panther film and The CW Television Network pilot of Black Lightning, DC Comics’ black superhero created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. I am full of excitement and proud to have met Tony Isabella at the 15th East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention ECBACC convention in Philadelphia. He was full of pride for the character he created but mostly well loved by comic book enthusiasts who were at the convention. He spoke highly of my work as well for drawing real life black heroes and achievers past present and future in my Our Roots cartoon series.
The well known black superhero characters are mostly African-American. The University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Black History Month Group in the United Kingdom have set out to design and launch the new black British superhero challenge.
The U.K. has never had a black superhero that kids can relate to or identify with. Nigeria years back had a superhero, which I still remember today, called Powerman.
It’s not inconceivable that if the superhero is successful, he or she will be made into a TV series or movie adaptation. The opportunity is there, once the hurdle of creating one is achieved. British and Hollywood actor Idris Elba and other British black actors come to my mind playing a British superhero for TV or films.
The challenge gives young British comic artists the opportunity to create a superhero who is black and British. I would love to see the superhero character fighting knife crime, especially in London.