Woke up to the devastating news that Chadwick Boseman has passed away. And just when I thought the year couldn’t get any worse.
There’s nothing I can say that’ll come close to the expressions of admiration and loss from the people that actually knew him.
All I know is that while he was he was undergoing treatment for colon cancer, his talent, humour and dedication brought life to one of the most iconic characters in comics. That in itself is a testament to his dedication.
Well I said that the trouble would start when the hype has died down, but ‘trouble’ couldn’t wait that long…
The Hollywood Reporter has highlighted the appearance of a number of fake tweets over the weekend, claiming that white cinema-goers have been attacked by black gangs whilst queuing to go into the theatre. As well as posting faked pictures from of the alleged “victims” (culled from adverts used by charities working against abuse no less), the tweets claimed that the victims were told, during the attacks, that they weren’t entitled to see Black Panther because they were white.
Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles police said they’ve received no reports of any such attack, leaving many to wonder what the knuckle-draggers behind these stories are afraid of.
We’ve certainly had films before with a predominantly black cast (Glory is one of all time favourite movies), but it’s rare that we see a film that has portrayed an African nation as being completely in control of its own destiny, and that is notion that some people won’t tolerate.
Well, it’s already smashing records so it doesn’t really matter what I say about it, not that that’s going to stop me…
Black Panther is possibly the most hyped super-hero flick of all time, and remembering the circus that travelled with Wonder Woman, that’s really taken some doing. That level of exposure risks disappointment, especially amongst fans of the Black Panther comic, as well as drawing the ire from those who may be less than comfortable with the ideas it represents (a hidden African nation that resisted slavery and exploitation, and so prospers to become the most socially and technologically advanced civilisation on Earth) It’s never going to please everyone, so Ryan Coogler did what all good directors do: he read the story, understood what it was about, and then went on to deliver something that was as true to original as he could manage.