Black Panther has meant so much to so many of us. Seeing a film with a primarily black cast where men and women of color are portrayed as fully-developed, multi-dimensional characters that are strong, intelligent, and all-around amazing is so rare in Hollywood these days. So it’s no surprise that the film’s impact has ballooned far outside of kids and fans of superhero movies. This movie has made a powerful cultural statement, and people are noticing. One such person is Sandra Bullock.
Sandra Bullock, like most of us, was blown away by Marvel’s latest film, and she saw how important the movie was. The film was even more impactful for her as the mom of two African-American children. On the Oscars red carpet, Bullock told Access Hollywood how moving the film was for her as a woman and as a mother. And while she said her kids were still a bit too young to watch Black Panther themselves (though she did say both of her kids do have plenty of Black Panther gear), she was so happy that her kids would be able to grow up in a world with heroes like T’Challa and Shuri to look up to.
The actress went on to confess that, when she had the opportunity to meet the cast on the red carpet, she became emotional while sharing her love for the film. Though the reaction caught Bullock off guard, we totally get it. Getting to see your children relate so directly to heroes in a way they’ve never been able to before, and seeing them feel empowered and emboldened right in front of your eyes has got to be an incredibly moving experience as a parent.
Black Panther has been such an important movie for adults, but it’s absolutely beautiful to see the impact it has on kids. Watching African-American kids see themselves in the heroes of Wakanda, knowing that they’ll grow up with Black superheroes being a normal thing and not a novelty is such a wonderful sign of progress in our society. We totally get why Sandra Bullock got so emotional expressing that to the cast of Black Panther, and we’re so happy that her kids get to grow up as things are beginning to change in positive ways in Hollywood.