Black Dynamite is one of the strangest and most enjoyable movies of the last few years and in spite of featuring DTV luminary Michael Jai-White as its biggest star, the blaxploition homage/spoof has caught on with mainstream audiences well enough to warrant a comic book series, an upcoming live action sequel and an Adult Swim Cartoon.
Today, White, Carl Jones, Scott Sanders and Kym Whitely presented a panel on the upcoming cartoon and showed the audience the pilot. It was every bit as raucous and un-PC as you would hope. Read on for a review of the show.
The blaxploitation genre saved Hollywood. More so than the film school revolution, it was in the early 70′s that low budget films like Shaft, Superfly and The Mack were revitalizing the ailing studio system, which hadn’t fully recovered from the bust of the expensive musicals. The genre has some great films but mostly it’s loaded with cheap terrible films, and is so ripe for parody that Black Dynamite can follow the mostly funny I’m Going To Get You, Sucker in its retro refitting of the clichés of the genre and not feel like a rip off of Sucker. What Black Dynamite has is a lead in Michael Jai White who deserves to be a leading man. My review of the Black Dynamite Blu-ray after the jump.