Wesley Snipes on Blade and Black Panther and Ash Clark on other black superheroes.

Black Superheroes Before Black Panther, From Abar, the First Black Superman to Blade

Black Superheroes Before Black Panther, From Abar, the First Black Superman to Blade

Shining light on the overshadowed in TV and film.
Feb. 16 2018 8:15 AM

Wesley Snipes on Blade and Black Panther

We discuss black superheroes on the big screen that predate Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel blockbuster.

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Wesley Snipes as Blade.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Marvel Enterprises.

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On this episode of Represent, Aisha Harris talks to Wesley Snipes about his cult superhero movie Blade and trying to bring Black Panther to the big screen more than 20 years ago. Also, Ash Clark, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s senior programmer, joins us to discuss curating the film series Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.