Leaders are usually misunderstood, says Boseman
The actor plays a leader and superhero in the Marvel film Black Panther, which is said to be the most political film from the franchise yet
Chadwick Boseman, whose role in the film Black Panther is that of a leader and superhero, says leaders are often 'misunderstood'.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film has been hailed as a fresh superhero take and the most political film yet from the house of Marvel Studios as it addresses issues like identity, diversity, inclusion and history.
Black Panther is about a prince of a fictitious African nation of Wakanda who becomes a superhero known as Black Panther. Boseman, who plays T’Challa in the film, says, "The idea that T’Challa is the leader of a nation that is most technologically advanced on the continent of Africa, is an intriguing notion to a lot of people. In fact, it points to the history of Africa which we sort of combined."
About his character the actor says, "He is a leader and also a superhero. He is facing the consequences that world leaders usually have to deal with. Leaders are usually misunderstood because they have more information and there are reasons why you made a decision that you made. People very often accuse them of not taking the action they expect them to take. T’Challa is placed on all those equations." However, Boseman points out the distinct difference between the character in the film and real life leaders. "Unlike a dictator or a President that you see now, he puts on a suit to deal with the situation. And in reality, they would turn into their military. That itself is a revolutionary idea and also within his country, he is dealing with the set traditions where people are isolated from the rest of the world. The idea that he is breaking those wires of isolation... That is revolutionary."
Black Panther also stars Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B Jordon and Ryan Coogler.