“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman thinks he has a pretty good idea what went wrong with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which drew largely negative reviews while earning $872.7 million worldwide.
The actor, who made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” thinks it was a matter of too “many people deciding something,” and that there wasn’t “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,” Boseman told Radio Times. “And sometimes, it doesn’t work.”
When asked to compare director Zack Snyder’s film to his own Marvel Studios experience, Boseman offered, “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.”
The actor may be on to something. Snyder’s original cut of “Batman v Superman” was reportedly four hours long, while the theatrical release clocked in at just over two and a half hours. The extended “Ultimate Edition” home release, at 182 minutes, is still an hour shorter than the director’s cut, which some fans are petitioning to see.
Boseman said that, based upon his experience at Marvel Studios, “the directors are very much making the movie.” The star of the upcoming “Black Panther” said his own solo feature will be grittier than most superhero films, thanks to the aesthetic of director Ryan Coogler, who brought a “certain realism” to the fight choreography of his previous work, the “Rocky” spinoff “Creed.”
He said he also believes there is inherent darkness to T’Challa. “There’s a mystery and a mystique to him,” Boseman said. “So all those things to me sort of present a recipe for a darker drama than you might normally see.”
It’ll be interesting to see just how dark “Black Panther” gets in light of fan reaction to DC’s “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad” — all of which met with mixed reviews.
Also starring Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Andy Serkis, “Black Panther” opens Feb. 16, 2018.
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