The whole Marvel vs. DC is a debate that's gone on forever. However, this year, it certainly seems to have taken on a life of its own, as it was the first year that both Marvel and DC released two live-action theatrical films. It was a veritable bloodbath, and many fans were killed in the process, but at least we've gotten some good insight in the process.
In all seriousness, though, it was the first time that we've been able to compare the vastly different approaches that each studio was taken directly, and the analysis wasn't exclusive to fans.
In a recent interview with the Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman discussed how excited he was to see Batman v Superman, and did his best to verbalize why he didn't think the film resonated with the fans as much as they'd hoped.
“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. 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.
“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.”
That's definitely been a criticism of WB's actions with the DCEU in the past -- that it's a cinematic universe made my committee, though I do have to wonder if he's managed to check out the Ultimate Edition since then. Not to say that he'd think it's an improvement, but with that cut, I think it's very clear that Snyder was given the liberty to do a lot of things most directors wouldn't.
Anyway, Boseman went on to talk about Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, and what he brings to the film.
“I think that’s part of what [director] Ryan Coogler is gonna bring to the table. You know, in his prior movie [Creed], I think there was a certain grit to that fighting, to that boxing, a certain realism that he brought to the table, with the choreography and just the way he was looking in terms of the story. Because there’s always storytelling in fighting. I also just feel like [Black Panther] in general is a strategist. He’s the person that tries to stay a step ahead. He’s not necessarily the comedic element, the sparky stuff that actually works with many of the other characters that you see in comic books. That’s not necessarily who he is. There’s a mystery and a mystique to him. So all those things to me sort of present a recipe for a darker drama than you might normally see.”
What do you think of Boseman's comments? Is he right about Batman v Superman? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.