The Dallas Morning News

A superhero with substance

- Chris Vognar

There are plenty of reasons to like the new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther. Here’s one that might go overlooked: When the action comes to America, it comes to Oakland. I’m not just saying this as an East Bay native who spent a lot of time in what we call Oaktown. Oakland is the birthplace of the Black Panther Party, the armed self-defense group that scared the bejeezus out of the FBI. The party shares the militant approach of the movie’s conflicted villain, Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan). In setting its beginning and ending in Oakland, Black Panther stays true to its roots and provides an extra touch of historical and cultural veracity. But the main reason to see the movie? It’s a lot of fun.

 ?? Brinson+Banks/The New York Times ?? The stars of Black Panther (counterclo­ckwise from top): Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira
Brinson+Banks/The New York Times The stars of Black Panther (counterclo­ckwise from top): Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States