Black Panther Movie Pays Tribute To Stuntman Who Died Filming On The Walking Dead


Black Panther is a revolutionary film from Marvel, where The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira stars as Okoye. In addition to Michonne carrying a spear instead of a katana, the film also showcases fallen stuntman John Bernecker, who died on the set of the AMC zombie series.

Black Panther | Photo Credit Marvel

John Bernecker was only 33-years-old when he died on the set of The Walking Dead. While filming in Georgia, he fell but missed the pad and landed on the concrete. It’s unclear if Bernecker was supposed to be a walker or a fighter but there are still ongoing investigations into the incident.

Lawsuits aside, the movie Black Panther honored the fallen stuntman by including him in a clip of the film.

John Bernecker Can Be Spotted In Black Panther

John Bernecker | Photo Credit Magweb

For the bulk of his career, John Bernecker spent his time making other actors look good. But right before an intense casino fight scene, John Bernecker can actually be spotted on screen as a character in the film.

At the end of the first act, he’s in the crowded casino. The tall actor’s face stands out among the crowd in the busy casino. In an all-black suit, he’s amongst some other gamblers, spies, and Wakandans. Bernecker is in the middle of the frame.

Black Panther was partially filmed in Georgia, not far from The Walking Dead. There’s also a rumor he will be seen in The Rock’s Rampage movie later this year, which also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan).

The Walking Dead Remembers Fallen Stuntman

Bernecker Family | Photo Credit Just Jared

“John passed away this week, after he was injured doing something he loved: helping tell stories that excite, entertain, and give people an escape,” said showrunner Scott Gimple said at San Diego Comic Con. “He helped make movies and shows for people like everybody in this room.”

“John was someone beloved in the stunt community; someone who trained other people and helped them break into the business. He was living his dream, and he helped other people do the same thing,” he concluded.

Since the incident, the fallen man’s mother has decided to sue production. So far, investigations are still going on so nothing has been confirmed.

So, have you seen the epic new movie, Black Panther yet?


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