In many respects, Black Panther represents the closest thing the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to a Batman. Now Chadwick Boseman, who debuted the character in Captain America: Civil War has thrown into the debate that continues to swirl around the DCEU’s rival offering Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Concerning that film’s less than stellar critical reception, Boseman spoke to The Radio Times and offered his thoughts on why the movie, in his words, ‘doesn’t work’.
“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 makes your life awesome. 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.”
Boseman isn’t the first to point out that perhaps Warner Bros’ alleged decision-by-committee approach to its DC properties could be the reason they’ve struggled to emulate Marvel’s critical success thus far. Like the Suicide Squad after it, many felt Batman V Superman to be a production that was a servant to far too many masters, and so his comments aren’t exactly controversial at this point. He goes on to suggest that the MCU’s advantage lies in its movies having a more definitive vision over their DC counterparts.
“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.”
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Black Panther will hit the big screen on February 16th, 2018.
Source: Radio Times