This past summer, Chadwick Boseman made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther. His role in Captain America: Civil War received its share of praise in one of the big summer blockbusters that was generally regarded quite favorably. Still, there is a segment of the population who choose to pit Marvel’s latest feature against DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, rather than enjoy getting so many different comic book movie epics within the same year. With that, there are a variety of opinions regarding which side won.
Boseman actually has his own say on the matter. He recently told RadioTimes.com what he thought about the DCEU’s offering this past March and why he believes Marvel seems to have a better understanding of how to make things work. There was also some discussion of the direction he is excited for Black Panther to take.
In talking about Batman v Superman, Boseman explained:
“I was there the first night to see Batman v Superman, got my popcorn and everything, and I’m not exactly sure what they did wrong, but I feel like sometimes you see a movie – and I could be wrong, or saying this because I’m in the industry – you can see that there’s at times [too] many people deciding something. That there’s not a clear voice from the director. Sometimes when you watch movies you see that the producers are saying something, someone else is saying something, the directors are saying something. And sometimes, it doesn’t work.”
Going into his own experience on a superhero film, Boseman went on:
“I don’t know if that’s why it doesn’t resonate, if it’s because maybe the director didn’t get his cut, I have no way of knowing that. I just feel like, what I have experienced at Marvel is that the directors are very much making the movie. So maybe that’s it.”
Boseman then went on why he’s excited for Black Panther:
“I think that’s part of what [director] Ryan Coogler is gonna bring to the table. You know, in his prior movie [Creed], I think there was a certain grit to that fighting, to that boxing, a certain realism that he brought to the table, with the choreography and just the way he was looking in terms of the story. Because there’s always storytelling in fighting. I also just feel like [Black Panther] in general is a strategist. He’s the person that tries to stay a step ahead. He’s not necessarily the comedic element, the sparky stuff that actually works with many of the other characters that you see in comic books. That’s not necessarily who he is. There’s a mystery and a mystique to him. So all those things to me sort of present a recipe for a darker drama than you might normally see.”
Being a busy movie star, Boseman may not be aware of the BvS: Ultimate Edition, which did represent director Zack Snyder’s true vision for the film. That in mind, given various reports regarding DC’s more recent film, Suicide Squad, Boseman is not too far off in thinking the studios may have one too many voices involved in the decision making process. Of course, that is just the way of the system, even if that doesn’t always yield great results. One must also keep in mind that he is representing “the other team” and has no real reason to bad mouth Marvel, given Civil War‘s success both critically and financially (let alone the upcoming solo film he’s the lead star of).
It is exciting to hear the stars speak their mind on these matters, even if they don’t have the whole picture. What can be gleaned from this is that Boseman does genuinely want to like other superhero movies, regardless of the perceived competition between studios. It’s also not as if he’s the first person to have these thoughts regarding BvS specifically. Audiences will just have to hope similar problems do not obstruct Coogler from putting together his vision for Black Panther.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Radio Times
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