BLACK PANTHER Animated Series Trailer, Plus a Clip of BLUE BEETLE Live-Action Test Footage

     June 18, 2010

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We’ve got a couple clips to share from non-cinematic comic projects in development.  T’Challa (aka The Black Panther) is getting a animated (er, “motion comic”) series titled Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?.  The first of twelve episodes premieres June 23 on iTunes, Xbox Live, Microsoft Zune, and the PlayStation Network, and we’ve got a trailer to prove it.

On a related note, when we posted stills from the test footage for a live-action Blue Beetle series, commenter Drew quite rightly opined that he “would need to see it in motion to fully realize it.” Well, Drew, you’re in luck: we have a short clip of just that alongside the Black Panther trailer after the jump.  (Note: readers not named Drew should also click through.)

EW Djimon Hounson (Blood Diamond) will voice T’challa, ” the warrior king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, a resource-rich nation threatened with invasion by a cabal led by the assassin known as Klaw.”  Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumby, and Marvel guru Stan Lee also provide voices.  Click here to check it out at EW.

Comic book/television writer Geoff Johns got the geeks excited when he teased the possibility of a live-action Blue Beetle television series, then enticed a bit further with stills from test footage for the series.  Rommel S. Calderon is a visual effects artist who worked on the footage, and included a brief clip in his demo reel alongside his work on such notable properties as The Golden Compass, Pushing Daisies, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.  It’s just a few brief seconds, but definitely an interesting glimpse into the development process.  Check it out alongside clips from Calderon’s other work:

Here’s what Johns had to say about the potential Blue Beetle series:

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Blue Beetle’s introduction way back in INFINITE CRISIS. I’ve said it before, but thanks to the BLUE BEETLE series launched by Keith Giffen and John Rogers with a great design by Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes rocks. Great character, great story, great look. He’s already appeared in animation, had action figures and right now he’s on my computer in live-action glory. I have an early special effects test that has been floating around of what his armored scarab-suit could look like. This isn’t final. This isn’t greenlit. It’s only a test that was done. We still have a long way to go to see if we can get this off the ground and a lot of people to jump on board.

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