#7. the meteor man
Now, anyone who has seen the movie could tell you that Meteor Man’s superpowers were obviously inspired by that of Superman’s. He possessed super speed and strength, could fly, shoot lasers from his eyes, blow fierce winds from his mouth, and stop bullets dead in their tracks. Nevertheless, what truly gravitated my young and impressionable mind towards this character was his determination to utilize his powers to fight the flurry of local criminals destroying his defenseless neighborhood. He was a superhero at the micro-level; yet, at a time when hip-hop’s golden age was taking shape and movies like Boy’z in the Hood frequently delved into the darker side of problems plaguing many of the Black communities throughout the country, the Meteor Man managed to appear larger than life.
Shortly after watching the movie I made an effort to overview Spawn’s back-story and overtime I particularly grew to love how his character resembled Street Fighter’s Akira, a character that is depicted as a mysterious mythological bada** rather than an active, city-dwelling crime-fighter. With that being said, Spawn deserves a seat as one of my top Black superheroes in the superhero universe.
With that in mind, Blade had all of the elements setup to turn into a successful superhero franchise, and all of the right pieces to inspire young Black kids to believe that they too could fight off a race of evil vampires in the coolest way possible. It’s just a shame the sequels never lived up to the original.
#2. lex Luthor
Lex Luthor reins king as one of the most intelligent, witty, crafty, wicked, persistent, narcissistic, and insanely evil villains of all time. As arguably Superman’s greatest nemesis, he ironically possessed no powers. He had no super strength, no ability to fly, and no super speed, yet, constantly went to war with the world’s most powerful hero on many occasions while solely relying on his intellect, cunning influence, technology, wealth, and an occasional batch of Kryptonite to support his effort in keeping the Man of Steel in harm’s way. It was this unique blend as a villainously motivated and super-powerless billionaire that makes him one of the most badass characters of all-time in the superhero universe.
#1. Green lantern: Jon stewart
For one, Green Lantern has been the most consistent—in terms of screen time and plot involvement—bad-ass ethnic cartoon superhero that was shown on TV at the time, or, maybe all time? And perhaps the greatest aspect of his appeal was that the writers of the show allowed for his character to be overly cocky and supervisory while, at the same time, exploring a number of his internal flaws, and even sometimes dedicating near entire episodes to do so. There were plenty of times, for instance, where Jon was faced with the challenge of saving the world without the help of his power ring or trying so desperately to win over the heart of Hawkgirl, his on and off love interest, only to be let down in the end. Although he was guardian and protector of the universe, he was still human. Props to the writers, producers, and voice actor for bringing Jon Stewart’s Green Lantern to life in the animated series!
Other notable black superheroes include Static Shock, Black Panther, that Black Guy from Captain Planet (I bet you don’t know his name either!), Black Dynamite, Agent J from the Men In Black cartoon, Luke Cage, War Machine, Steel, Eddie Gordo, Jax from Mortal Kombat, and the Black Power!
Well, that’s my list of the top 7 Black superheroes in the superhero universe. Let me know what you think about them down below. If you also have more black superheroes to share don’t hesitate to leave a comment!