A WWE superstar is now doing his part to ensure that a few children get a chance to see Black Panther. Thaddeus Bullard (Titus O’Neil) is a former defensive end and professional wrestler and seems to be happy to see a hero on the big screen who speaks to him.
“I’m 40 years old, and I’ve never seen a Marvel character that looked like me, as an African-American male,” Bullard has said.
“This will be the first time I’ve seen a superhero on the screen that looks like me, and I want kids to not only be able to see superheroes on the screen but also to view themselves as superheroes.”
Bullard says that seeing this example will help the children believe in themselves:
“If they see that on screen, then maybe they can be the next doctor or lawyer or president, whatever they can be,” Bullard said.
“This could be a great teaching moment if we can get them into theaters.”
Bullard’s efforts are a part of the #BlackPantherChallenge. This is a movement which raises money to help children watch this movie.
The #BlackPantherChallenge has helped in raising enough money to take 500 kids. AMC has waived the $500 fee to rent these theaters, and a GoFundMe is now trying to send more children to the theatres.
The GoFundMe has hit the $2,500 goal and will close in on $3000.
Critics have a lot of good things to say about Black Panther, and this movie holds a 4.17/5 on ComicBook.com’s anticipation rankings.
Black Panther will release on February 16.