Can a team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99 challenge Western prejudices, stem the tide of extremism, provide positive role models for Muslim children, and make a profit as well?

THE 99, the first animated Muslim superheroes who each exemplify one of the 99 attributes of Allah and fight together against evil, might be able to do just that. Wham! Bam! Islam! premieres tomorrow October 13 on Independent Lens on PBS at 10 PM (check your listings here). Engrossing and fast-paced, Wham! Bam! Islam! Is a fascinating look at what happens when ideals, money, religion, and pop culture collide in the global marketplace.

Then visit Independent Lens’s Livestream page next week (date and time TBA) for an exclusive online screening of an episode of the cartoon series born of the comic book series in advance of its international television premiere in early 2012.

The 30-minute event will feature Episode 10: The Sphinx and Q&A with THE 99 creator, Kuwaiti entrepreneur, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa and Wham! Bam! Islam! director Isaac Solatoroff.

About episode 10: The Sphinx:
When evil mastermind Rughal is attacked by a masked intruder called Sphinx, he’s so impressed by her power that he recruits her to his team of super-villains. Sphinx’s first mission is to settle a long-standing score with Cat or Mumita The Destroyer, a leading member of Dr. Ramzi’s 99 team. But who exactly is Sphinx and what is her mysterious connection with Rughal’s second-in-command, Blackwolf?

THE 99 has been produced in full 3D CGI by Endemol UK in association with Teshkeel Media, with the animation work being completed in India by Sanraa Media. The series is scheduled to premiere across the Middle East, in Australia, and several other countries in early 2012. There is no date set for the series to be on-air in the USA.

To learn more about the film and the issues involved, visit the Wham! Bam! Islam! site.