Black Lightning, Black Panther, Boots Riley, Chadwick Boseman, Comic Books, film, nokings, politics, Race, Random Acts of Flyness, Ryan Coogler, Salim Akil, Sorry to Bother You, superhero fiction, Terence Nance
Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa is not the kind of male protagonist that we normally see in action/adventure movies, superhero or otherwise. He is refreshingly ordinary, frequently the least capable and experienced person in the room. At first glance, T’Challa’s narrative arc looks a lot like a traditional hero’s journey. He goes on an adventure, faces an existential crisis and returns transformed, but he is not learning how to be a superhero as much as he is working through his grief and deciding what kind of man and leader he wants to become.
“You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.”