Black Panther rocks an LS in Lexus' Super Bowl commercial

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Chris Matyszczyk
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Car companies love to get superheroes to slum it.

Of course Batman would drive a Jeep. If only he could.

Now it's Black Panther, whose preferred driving machine is, apparently, a Lexus. 

In an extended version of the carmaker's Super Bowl ad, Chadwick Boseman, aka King T'Challa aka Black Panther, tries his best to convince you that today's Marvel-ous superhero prefers a Lexus LS F Sport

The commercial (in full below) features the superhero panthering around and showing villains what royalty is all about:

And then he leaps into a Lexus. Yes, literally.

Oh, it's a perfectly adequate ad for the movie, which debuts Feb. 16. But does it feel like a Super Bowl ad, and does it make you want to drive a Lexus? 

Lexus certainly hopes so.

It's a pleasant enough brand, of course, and it's not the first to leap onto the hood of a movie in the hope of reflective glory. 

I still haven't quite gotten over how a fine but standard car like the Nissan Rogue was suddenly graced with a Star Wars version.

Then there's the Dodge Viper, which crowed that it was Darth Vader.  

When it comes to Lexus, its press release insists: "The Lexus LS 500 F SPORT is the only vehicle both powerful and luxurious enough to keep pace with a Super Hero and escort a king."

The only vehicle, you understand.

While the minute-long ad previously released tells the story in more detail, Lexus also released a short 30-second version of the same ad during the third quarter of today's Super Bowl, which you can watch below:

Interested in checking out Black Panther's new ride? You can read our full first-take review of the 2018 Lexus LS here, and scroll through our gallery below.

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