Nov 12 2008
Djimon Hounsou laughs while voicing the Black Panther

Djimon Hounsou is the Cartoon Black Panther on BET

Djimon Hounsou might not ever be elected President of the United States, but he was chosen by Reginald Hudlin to voice BET’s animated Marvel comic adaptation of The Black Panther. That’s Djimon cracking a smile, while recording the voiceover at Titmouse studios (didn’t make that up) in Hollywood, California. The Black Panther was the first black superhero created by Stan Lee. He first appeared in the 1966 issue of The Fantastic Four and later his own series, which continued off and on, until 2005.

What about his powers?

Djimon Hounsou in the studio, voicing the black panther

“As chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb, as well as his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther God, that grants him superhumanly acute senses (especially eyesight, night vision, and sense of smell) and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to the peak of human development. T’Challa (Black Panther) is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, proficient in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.”

“He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, and scientist — he has a Ph.D. degree in physics from Oxford University. He is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey’s scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones.”

Djimon Speaks..

Djimon Hounsou, Reginald Hudlin and friends in the studio - the black panther

“It’s a blessing for African Americans and minorities to have a super hero they can identify with. While the Black Panther is a powerful force for good, he is also a respected world leader who takes pride in his African heritage. He embodies the past and future of his culture, demonstrating the endless possibilities of an Africa that is truly free.”

Reginald Hudlin’s plan is to update The Black Panther for today’s audiences, but he didn’t have to dig back that far for a relatable black superhero. He could have contacted the guy behind the short-lived, 1990-something indie-joint..  “Brother Man”

Brother Man comic book - issue number 3

That’s the last comic series I’ve actually read.. real heads know.

Djimon images: (Wireimage)

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 JusNod Wed, Nov 12, 2008 - 10:43 pm

Good actor…! He deserves this role..!

2 ohsokool Mon, Nov 17, 2008 - 10:48 am

whoa….i thought i was the only one with the brotherman series..

3 Chris G. Mon, Nov 17, 2008 - 2:49 pm

Hah. Yeah.. 1 - 10 wrapped in plastic.

4 Rome DRE Fri, Jan 09, 2009 - 11:00 am

Yo they got a website and they bringin the series back. They got a website.

that was my joint back in the day!

5 Rome DRE Fri, Jan 09, 2009 - 11:01 am


My bad. Can’t type for nothin!