Black Panther: Blade Runner Inspired Wakanda's Design

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Black Panther's design was inspired by Blade Runner, according to Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler. Beachler revealed Blade Runner's influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe film on Twitter after a fan asked her about the inspiration behind her vision.

"Yes, I was definitely inspired by the original Blade Runner," she wrote. When asked for more about how the sci-fi film influenced her, she added, "The forward thinking in the part tech played in that world and the density of the city. Texture and tone."

Beachler also said other films inspired her, including the 2011 documentary Samsara, which was filmed in 25 different countries over the course of five years.

At Comic-Con International in San Diego, Beachler revealed she and Ryan Coogler compiled over ten thousand photos to create the final look for Wakanda and the nation's technology. She also said that Marvel approved most of her ideas.

"Marvel was fantastic with that," she shared. "It's different, more different than anything [they've] done at Marvel and they were on board for that, which was really fantastic."

Opening February 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.

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