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09.16.2016

Chadwick Boseman Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Black Panther

Like many of us, Chadwick Boseman was very much looking forward to BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and unfortunately, like many of us, he walked out of the theater feeling as though something wasn't quite right. While speaking with the Radio Times recently, the star of the upcoming BLACK PANTHER spoke about the big DCEU flick and what he believes went wrong with Batman and Superman's big showdown.

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.<

After appearing in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Chadwick Boseman has had his own experiences with many voices involved in a blockbuster, but he feels that Marvel gives their directors much more power when it comes to calling the shots on set.

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 was one of the many highlights of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and the actor will soon get the chance to lead his own feature in Ryan Coogler's BLACK PANTHER. Production is set to get underway early next year and Boseman spoke about why he's excited for the film and what he thinks Coogler will be bringing 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.

BLACK PANTHER will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

Source: Radio Times

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10:17AM on 09/18/2016
He's probably right about producers and decisions, but that's a problem in Civil War too. Where did this big airport fight came from? It was stupid, it chages the tone of the movie, it was a pretty solid flick and a serious movie til that fight. We all know this movie was meant to be Captain America 3 not CW. And like the honest trailer says it's practically the same movie that BvS. But seriously, the inclusion of Spiderman in the conflict was like puting Lego Batman in the context of BvS.
He's probably right about producers and decisions, but that's a problem in Civil War too. Where did this big airport fight came from? It was stupid, it chages the tone of the movie, it was a pretty solid flick and a serious movie til that fight. We all know this movie was meant to be Captain America 3 not CW. And like the honest trailer says it's practically the same movie that BvS. But seriously, the inclusion of Spiderman in the conflict was like puting Lego Batman in the context of BvS. That was bad!
Anyway I like both movies, but BvS a little more. And say what you want, Apocalypse is my favorite comic book movie of the year. And Suicide Squad is crap.
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7:42PM on 09/17/2016
lol so much salt in the comments :P
lol so much salt in the comments :P
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7:06PM on 09/17/2016

Take the needle out of thine own eye Boseman

I haven't seen anything groundbreaking from Marvel (aside from IM and GoTG). If their directors have such freedom to put out exactly what they intend...what's their excuse?!? Civil War wasn't a war at all, just an argument (and they weren't even really against each other). They fought in an airport just to fit in the giant, but it might've been better in an alley behind a bar. Don't know why they think it's necessary to say it was better when both movies were hitting the same points...but only
I haven't seen anything groundbreaking from Marvel (aside from IM and GoTG). If their directors have such freedom to put out exactly what they intend...what's their excuse?!? Civil War wasn't a war at all, just an argument (and they weren't even really against each other). They fought in an airport just to fit in the giant, but it might've been better in an alley behind a bar. Don't know why they think it's necessary to say it was better when both movies were hitting the same points...but only one wanted to take the risks. I wish Civil War was better because they should have it together by now. Hopefully GoTG wasn't a fluke.
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7:13PM on 09/17/2016
Not saying that editing BvS (for whatever reason: time, studio pressure, more replay value, more theater runs...whatever) did it any good. It took a chance on being more, even if it did divide audiences.
Not saying that editing BvS (for whatever reason: time, studio pressure, more replay value, more theater runs...whatever) did it any good. It took a chance on being more, even if it did divide audiences.
3:06AM on 09/17/2016
Whilst I personally enjoyed both, BVS has a problem we are routinely seeing in Cinema's nowadays which is having to leave a lot of important contextual material on cutting room floors or in extended DVD editions. I've no problem sitting through a 3 hour film IF it's good. A lot of the problems with BVS I saw in the theatrical cut were rectified for me on watching the extended cut.
As for the whole marvel vs DC debate, I don't think they should be compared like for like. DC is widely
Whilst I personally enjoyed both, BVS has a problem we are routinely seeing in Cinema's nowadays which is having to leave a lot of important contextual material on cutting room floors or in extended DVD editions. I've no problem sitting through a 3 hour film IF it's good. A lot of the problems with BVS I saw in the theatrical cut were rectified for me on watching the extended cut.
As for the whole marvel vs DC debate, I don't think they should be compared like for like. DC is widely adckowledged to be tonally darker and it's good to have that balance of Marvel - family friendly and DC - a little edgier. That said the lack of collateral damage to the marvel characters is starting to annoy me having heard rumours of Hawkeye and Cap biting the bullet since AOU and it not happening just feels like a lack of wanting to take risks with the audience. I was disappointed civil war didn't have its famous climax but that said I'm expecting Thanos to 'fuck shit up'
As for Boseman whilst I liked his portrayal I did not like his accent - if you wanted an african style accent they should have cast a African actor not just a black dude from South Carolina
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3:03AM on 09/17/2016

B V S has problems but...

I did not like Civil War. It did not move anything forward at all. Yes the story they tell is more cohesive but it follows the same old safe formula for a popcorn Marvel movie. The characters don't grow at all. The "Civil War" didn't divide anyone at all because they were all trying not to hurt each other when they threw their punches and they made sure to say "Bro we're still friends right?"
Pay attention to what Vision does in the fight? He is literally gone for like 10 minutes and everyone
I did not like Civil War. It did not move anything forward at all. Yes the story they tell is more cohesive but it follows the same old safe formula for a popcorn Marvel movie. The characters don't grow at all. The "Civil War" didn't divide anyone at all because they were all trying not to hurt each other when they threw their punches and they made sure to say "Bro we're still friends right?"
Pay attention to what Vision does in the fight? He is literally gone for like 10 minutes and everyone else that can fly are all trying to stop super slow Giant Man instead of stopping Cap from getting to the plane.
The only real change is Buck is frozen for a while and Cap is in Africa at the end, and we got two new characters in the franchise.
Civil War is a better movie... But at least B V S took some risks.
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12:08AM on 09/17/2016
Maybe I should just watch the movie, because I have so many opinions and I'm scared to even see it. Issues of length, confusion, absurd twists that don't make any sense, I've done everything but sit down and see for myself, so I don't speak out of place, but it just sounds like a mess. If you know the characters, describing Batman v Superman should be pretty simple. Take Civil War: A
UN law to keep track of superheroes divides the Avengers against itself.
Now, take what we know of Superman
Maybe I should just watch the movie, because I have so many opinions and I'm scared to even see it. Issues of length, confusion, absurd twists that don't make any sense, I've done everything but sit down and see for myself, so I don't speak out of place, but it just sounds like a mess. If you know the characters, describing Batman v Superman should be pretty simple. Take Civil War: A
UN law to keep track of superheroes divides the Avengers against itself.
Now, take what we know of Superman and Batman, is it logical that their first meeting would be as enemies trying to kill one another? I wish DC well, but I think for now I'll just avoid that one installment.
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2:59AM on 09/17/2016
Can I make a suggestion - watch the extended edition if you do. It's a better film in my opinion and adds more context
Can I make a suggestion - watch the extended edition if you do. It's a better film in my opinion and adds more context
10:42AM on 09/17/2016
SoI've heard.
SoI've heard.
8:10PM on 09/16/2016
So Sebastian Stan is officially the only celeb out there to say something positive about BvS???
So Sebastian Stan is officially the only celeb out there to say something positive about BvS???
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7:33PM on 09/16/2016

What the hell is he saying...

That movie was Snyder's through and through!!!
That movie was Snyder's through and through!!!
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7:01PM on 09/16/2016
I love both movies, but I gotta say... watching Civil War again last night...it has almost all the same problems. Nowhere near as good as Winter Soldier was
I love both movies, but I gotta say... watching Civil War again last night...it has almost all the same problems. Nowhere near as good as Winter Soldier was
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