|Directed by||:||Ryan Coogler||Produced by||:||Kevin Feige||Based on||:||Black Panther by Stan Lee Jack Kirby||Starring||:||Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke||Production company||:||Marvel Studios||Distributed by||:||Walt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures|
Mid-Southerners Pack Theaters For Opening Night Of Black Panther
MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - It is the superhero movie people are talking about.
"Black Panther," the first major big-budget film featuring a mostly black cast and black director Ryan Coogler, debuts this weekend.
The film has already shattered records when it comes to online pre-sale tickets.
Mid-Southerners tell Local Memphis it is a movie they have been waiting for.
Malco Theaters will show Black Panther on a record number of 46 screens in the Memphis area. It is the most ever for a single movie for Malco.
"I love superhero movies, and this is one that I've been waiting for them to make and they finally made it," said Tré Jackson who bought tickets a month ago so his family, which includes two young children, had seats at the Malco in Cordova.
"It's important to me because you know what I'm saying especially because their skin color they gotta know about black pride and black power," said Jackson.
John Best, the broadcast operations adviser for Shelby County Schools, felt it was a movie Kids needed to see.
Best led an effort to give nearly 2,000 SCS students and family members a chance to see the film for free when the district and donors stepped in to help.
"In movies, in different shows you saw an African-American male as you know the thug, the person that's committing crimes and now to see somebody as the superhero the star of the movie that has to be the best feeling to see," said Best.
Best has helped lead similar efforts for movies such as "Hidden Figures" and "Coco."
"I remember growing up as a child I used to watch a lot of superhero movies and I always looked for a hero that looked like me," Black Panther actress and Memphis native Carrie Bernans told a group of students at Grandview Heights Middle School Friday.
Bernans flew to Bluff City to talk with local students about the film and her journey in hopes of inspiring them.
"This movie is so much bigger than just Black Panther as a Marvel Universe 05 there's a message that shows that no matter where you come from little black kid, brown kid, Mexican kid whatever women, little girls can look up to this," said Bernans.
Malco Theater officials said they will add more screens for "Black Panther" as needed.