Black Panther Actor Chadwick Boseman Talks ‘Batman v Superman’

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Comic book fans were in for a treat this year with the releases both Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War. Both films had comic book heavyweights battling each other over ideological differences and both films. As Screen Junkies pointed out, the films they are actually more similar than each of their perspective fans would admit to. However, one of the films received much more critical and commercial praise than the other. Fans and critics were more divided in their reception on Batman v Superman than Captain America: Civil War. Many thought that the storyline wasn’t as great as it could have been and the film was not considered a “success” despite earning more than $872 million at the box office. So what went wrong?

Recently Chadwick Boseman, who was introduced to audiences at Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War weighed in on the DC film on what they might have gotten wrong.

“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.”

It has been rumored that Warner Bros (who are known as director friendly) were heavily involved in the decision-making process of the DC films which could be what Boseman is alluding towards. Sometimes if there are too many cooks in the kitchen the end result is not as good as it could be.

“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 just feel like, what I have experienced at Marvel is that the directors are very much making the movie. So maybe that’s it.”

He might have a point. When fans got to see the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman, they got to see a more fleshed out version of the film. You can see our review of the Ultimate Edition remarking that it is a superior version versus the theatrical cut and appears to be truly what director Zach Snyder wanted. With the promotion of Geoff Johns as the creative head of DC films going forward, now they have a sole voice that can help move the films in the right direction, so perhaps Boseman’s thoughts will not be reflected in future films.

Source: Radio Times via Comicbook.com

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  • Keiran S-C

    hes kidding right? hes from a marvel movie if anything they need to let the studio take more controle look at civil war it opens with a woman confronting stark and blaming him for the death of her son and his next move was to go and recruit the first under aged wannabe hero with no experience he could find and throw him at a lethal assassin whos killed more ppl than captain america has. that is the perfect example of what hes referring to. and their are plenty mroe in the film.

    Black pantha though has to be the best thing to come out of the MCU cant wait for his standalone it was just a shame how they staged his dark emotional revenge story along side a bunch of heroes joking about and play fighting it made him feel very out of place.

    • 12stepCornelius

      Agree. I think fans give Civil War way too much slack as it had tons of ridiculous plot points and holes that would rival what they think of BvS.

      • Keiran S-C

        yeahh they really do :/ CW had a ton of similarities to BVS but told in a far more random usually meaningless order imo such as spiderman siding with the same man who unleashed a genocide driven uprising on humanity in order to fight earths most beloved savior in exchange for a couple grand to pay off his college tuition O_o but because his one liners were funny during the playfight scene the fans blindly ignore the lazy writing and what felt like the most forced in cameo ever by a studio wanting to get standalones out by any means possible with a complete disregard to continuity or even a logical story

        • Steve Steve

          Do you comment about anything other than BvS and Civil War?

          • Keiran S-C

            It depends what the pages i have liked are sharing on my facebook wall atm its non stop criticism of DC while they ignore the MCU failures so yeah atm mostly BVS and CW stuff :/ I was commenting on xmen not to long ago and a bit of deadpool but if its superhero based then yeah il be there xD

          • Steve Steve

            Fair enough man.

    • SAMURAI36

      True indeed. SIlly War was the ultimate studio/exec film.

      • Keiran S-C

        i didnt realise how hypocritical the story telling was for this scene until you pointed it out to me the other day. :)

        • Axxell

          Well Marvel doesn’t present their heroes as flawless Gods. Every hero in Marvel is capable of hypocrisy, greed, arrogance, etc. And people love them for it because they’re open about it.

  • Napi

    Bullsh*t!

  • LupeX

    If you know Snyder filmmaking and how much of an auteur and risk taker he is, then you’ll know that BvS was his vision apart from the studio cut.
    I think he’s suffering from confirmation bias.
    MARVEL is Feige’s house. That’s why Ava Duvernay couldnt work with them, why Edgar Wright couldnt work with them, why Patty Jenkins couldnt work with them, Why Joss Wheedon couldnt continue working with them, Why John Favreau couldnt continue working with them
    They just assigned a comedy writer to tinker with Scott Derickson’s Dr. Strange.
    So I respectfully disagree with T’Challa on this one.
    All Hail King T’Challa!
    See you 2018

    • Nosferatu Zodd

      WB so far has had 2 directors drop from both Wonder Woman and Flash. Patty Jenkins and Rick Famuyiwa are literally a director for hire. Suicide Squad is the worst studio product in a decade. WB almost lost the director of Aquaman. John Favreau is back at Marvel, Joss Wheedon has expressed interest in coming back to Marvel. So I don’t see a confirmation bias here.

      • LupeX

        The Flash was because the director was a novice, he really had no business cutting his teeth on a tentpole flick.
        WB never “almost” lost the director for Aquaman except if your about the business of believing unsubstantiated internet rumors
        Yes John Favreau is back at Disney and has expressed interest in making another Marvel film
        Joss Wheedon has expressed interest in directing a smaller film like Black Widows long awaited solo outing.

        • Axxell

          With only 3 movies into their DCCU, they’ve already lost 2 directors to “creative differences”, 2 out of the 4 original hires they had. And so far all the directors have had to deal with interference.

      • Jay Kelley

        Sound like you believe every click bait article you read. James Wan was never going to leave. Patty Jenkins should have been hired originally and thank goodness that WB had the common sense to part ways with a director that wanted a talking tiger as a side kick….clearly she didn’t understand the character. Patty is a comic book geek so go move. And Flash was saved for all of us as the original director was clueless.

  • Steve Steve

    That studio cut is horrendous. I don’t think he said anything unfair about it. I did not like the Snyder cut (for many reasons), but at least it was a complete film.

  • ClownPrinceOfTroll

    Went to the library to check out a book called great dc films. Asked the libarian where I could find it. She said in the fiction section…

  • SAMURAI36

    See, this is the hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance, that even people who work for Marvel suffer from. It’s like, in order to sign on with us, you have to read the anti-DC manual.

    • Axxell

      What’s the anti-DC manual titled…”Reality”?

  • Nosferatu Zodd

    Boseman is spot on here. dcu flicks are so poorly put together you can tell there is no coherent vision behind them.

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  • SAMURAI36

    What I love, is how all these pro-Marvel, anti-DC folks (fans and employees alike) can never find a single thing wrong with any of the Marvel films, and when someone points out Marvel’s flaws, they immediately try to change the conversation back to DC.

    This is the cognitive dissonance that I’m always talking about.

  • Marquis de Sade

    After readin’ some of these comments, I’ve come to the conclusion: WHINERS, THY NAME IS dceu fangurls.

  • MrFreezeRhino

    When BvS came out I blamed it all on Snyder. Watchmen and Sucker Punch had many similar flaws (weird editing decisions, superficial ideas masked as 2deep4u philosophizing, etc.) Basically style over substance filmmaking. But then in seeing Suicide Squad I noticed a lot of similarities between it and the previously mentioned movies as well. Things like forcing in really on the nose music in almost every scene when it really didn’t need to be there was a big problem I had with Watchmen. The really weird editing and pacing was also very similar to BvS. I know Snyder had more of an overseer/producing role on the DCEU before BvS was released and I do genuinely wonder if he had a bigger influence on SS than most people take into account.

    • Peter James

      No, I think you’re just looking for reasons to blame him for everything wrong in the DCEU whether it makes sense or not.

      On the one hand you say that BvS was all on him as director despite what Boseman suggested might have been producer or studio suit influence (and we now know for a fact that this was the case).

      On the other hand you STILL allude to blaming him for Suicide Squad (despite the fact he didn’t make that movie) in his role as producer, despite having just diminished the influence that other producers might have had in his own film.

      So Producers interfering with a director’s film is only a factor if the producer in question is Snyder.
      Otherwise it’s all on the director (if the director in question is Snyder).

      You can’t have it both ways.

      • Steve Steve

        Don’t you know Peter? Zack Snyder is the Devil! He can only be defeated by circular logic!

      • MrFreezeRhino

        Zack Snyder has producer roles in DC films other than the ones he’s directed (or at least he did before Geoff Johns stepped in) so there you go.

  • theboyd

    SO the after effects of dissolution of the Creative Committee and Ike Perlmutter (from the movies) is coming to light here.

    Many directors and actors were turned off by the CC and Perlmutter’s interference. Now it seems working for Marvel Studios is a much better experience.

  • JMMagwood

    LOL

  • Bill

    Bvs is better than civil war

    • Maximillian Pegasus

      i wouldn’t say it’s better, but it’s not that far from being on the same level.

  • dkz

    Can’t wait to see the director’s cut of civil war that tries to cover and explain all the plotholes in the movi– oh wait, I forgot that marvel doesn’t do that since their movies don’t suck as hard as dc.

  • Maximillian Pegasus

    “the directors are very much making the movie”, hahahaha IM2, AoU, Ant-Man, Thor 2.