For this blog post, I want to focus on a recent event that is still going on to this day. I found this event written as a news story through my hometown CBS affiliate’s website. Their specific name is KCCI News, and it serves Des Moines and surrounding areas. They included this article from CNN in their “National News” tab. It describes the upcoming movie Black Panther. Apparently, there has been online criticism of the movie already, before it even releases. Black Panther releases later this month on February 16th. There is a culture and fan base of DC Comic movies that want to “take down Disney”. DC Fans view Disney as this monopoly that does not deserve the fame it gets for a movie studio that they purchased for some large amount of money.
Another important aspect of this article is the fact that DC’s fan-base is trying to recruit other fan-bases. They are even trying to turn Marvel’s fan-base on itself, and telling anyone they can to go ahead and give the film terrible reviews on sites such as Rotten Tomatoes before it even is released!
One point to make about this article is that it tackles the issue of race. If you follow any of the Black Panther story line at all then it would be known that a lot of his story takes place in Wakanda. This place is a fictional nation in Africa, thus an all-black cast. A takeaway from these DC fans that are ranting about the film is that they are anti-black because it is the very first Marvel film to feature a majority black cast. It only tarnishes the DC fan-base if this were true, because it is a milestone for the black community and very important movie for Marvel to push.
Diversity is written all over this story. On one hand you have a movie that is the first superhero movie to be included in a huge universe that has a primarily black cast. The character Black Panther is also the first black Marvel superhero to have his own title movie. On the other hand there is the diverse DC fan-base that wants to exile this movie, while no one else really feels that way, at least until seeing the movie for themselves. Overall, I think no one should condemn films before it’s release. I for one, will plan on seeing Black Panther at some point in my busy college life, and make a decision (good or bad) based solely on the quality of the film.