According to a story on Variety.com, Chadwick Boseman struggled to catch his breath after he was cast as Black Panther. Literally. This is because when he first tried on his spandex suit for 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’, “It was suffocating,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Hey, you got to get me out of this!’” But, he said, it began to feel like skin after a while.
Anticipation for the release of ‘Black Panther’ is much higher than for the last outings from Batman and Thor.
‘Black Panther’, directed by Ryan Coogler, is currently a movie that doubles as a movement, or at least a moment that feels groundbreaking. The movie marks the first time that a major studio has greenlit a black superhero flick with an African-American director and a primarily black cast, including Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.
The film chronicles an origin story for a Marvel character who first made his debut in the comic books in 1966. On the big screen, he’s a warrior named T’Challa, who returns home to an Afro-futuristic country to inherit the throne as king.
Boseman met director Coogler in 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, when Boseman sneaked in during Coogler’s press junket for ‘Creed’. After that meeting, and after he got the Black Panther part, the actor studied the character’s significance in popular culture. He shared a story about how he went to a local comic-book shop to buy back issues, even though Marvel would give them to him for free, and while he wore a hat and sunglasses as a disguise, he was recognized by fans.
Playing Black Panther meant Boseman had to enter a boot camp to understand the character physically and emotionally. He worked with a dialect coach to perfect a South African accent, and he took a DNA test to learn about his own origins. He spent as many as five hours a day in the gym.
There’s already been talk of the inevitable ‘Black Panther’ sequel, but a producer said it’s too early to say. Boseman, too, doesn’t want to speculate about other installments either. At least not yet. “If we start talking about sequels, I just want them all to be special like this one.” The rest of the story details how Coogler cast Boseman, the creative process that led to the movie, and much more. Read it HERE.
Black Panther hits theaters