Yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con, there was a lot of news for Black Panther, which has yet to start filming. However, director Ryan Coogler and many cast members were at SDCC, and Chadwick Boseman had the chance to talk to IGN about the upcoming film. Since the script is still being written, there wasn’t much detail about the tone and actual content, but Boseman did give some insight on where Coogler’s focus is, so far.
Ryan is very serious about what he’s going to do. he’s very serious about the fighting styles, the fighting combinations that are going to happen, and the emotional part of it.
We have already seen some of the fighting style specific to Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, where Boseman first suited up for the role of the Wakandan fighter. He shared what it was like to put on that impressive costume.
You have to go to a very zen place when you get into the costume, not just to play the character, but just to be comfortable, because you are constrained in terms of your breathing, you are constrained in terms of your movement. So you have to loosen up once you get into it.
But even though we have seen the actual time that T’Challa became the Black Panther, it doesn’t mean that we have seen the whole origin story. Boseman shared that there is a lot of the journey that still hasn’t been revealed.
I would say that the origin is somewhat out of the way, I mean, because you still haven’t seen where he’s from. So, I think there’s a lot more of the story to tell, but yeah, it feels comfortable that we found a way in and that now we can get into it.
With Black Panther taking us to Wakanda, we are sure to learn more about this strong culture that brings about powerful warriors. Boseman went on to say that this history is what makes his character stand out among the other Avengers.
Part of what he brings is the lineage – a lineage of fighters, a lineage of people that he can draw from, an ancestry that he can draw from and actually tap into, and I think, you know, just the full use of a country and it’s technology is something that nobody else can really say, that’s in the Avengers.
The Black Panther definitely stood out from the Avengers in his first appearance. Without taking either side in Captain America: Civil War, he proved to be a character that thought for himself. Boseman says that as the cahracter gets more screen time, we’ll see more of his consideration in each fight.
We’ll have more time to show you why he does the things he does, the tactics… When you read the comic book, one of the things you see about the Black Panther are his tactics. It’s a chess game, it’s not just move for move. So I think those are the things that I think you will see, not just the fighting style, but the reasons behind why he does the things he does. That’s one of the things that I want to bring out in the character, for sure.
Boseman seems to truly know his character, inside and out. This may have to do with his approach. When asked what comics he read for inspiration, his answer proved he was familiar with the source material.
All of them… it’s not a biopic. So you just try to take in as much as you can, I think like, a kid. And all of those things help you on the day, you pull from all that you can possibly pull from. So, I would say all of them.
We look forward to seeing more of The Black Panther when it premieres on February 16, 2018. If you would like to see the interview in it’s entirety, here it is!