Marvel’s Chadwick Boseman Explains Why ‘Batman V Superman’ Didn’t Work

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It’s long been recognised that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was a critical failure upon its release back in March. Sure it grossed over $870 million at the box office, but its 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is the reason why film fans have deemed it a disappointment.

This has led many people to insist that Marvel Studios now well and truly own the superhero genre, especially since Captain America: Civil War was released to critical acclaim and grossed over $1.1 billion just a few short weeks after Dawn Of Justice’s mauling.

Chadwick Boseman made his debut in Captain America: Civil War as the Black Panther, a superhero that Marvel Studios will return to in just a few years time for at least one more outing. But rather than having brand loyalty and avoiding Dawn Of Justice, Boseman has admitted that he actually leapt at the opportunity to see it on opening night.

Just like most other movie fans, Boseman has admitted that he was ultimately disappointed with the blockbuster. Instead of keeping his thoughts to himself regarding Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and focusing on Black Panther’s upcoming adventures, Boseman has looked to assist Marvel’s rivals and provided his own notes for why he believes the film failed.

Speaking to Radio Times, Boseman confessed that after walking out of the screening on opening night he felt that the film was disjointed, and he believes that a few too many people messed with the film, which only had a detrimental effect on the finished product.

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

Much of the criticism hurled towards Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was the result of the film’s dark and gritty tone, which left viewers feeling cold and unimpressed. Which is understandable when you consider that both of the titular superheroes are two of the most popular in comic book history, and they’ve both always acted as a beacon of hope to the individuals that read them.

However, during the same interview with Radio Times, Boseman admitted that Black Panther, which is being directed by Ryan Coogler and will be released in 2018, will share a similar tone to Batman V Superman.

Boseman previously insisted that Black Panther will be a “grittier” take on the superhero genre than what has come before it.

And while talking to RT, the actor said of the character, “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 darker drama than you might normally see.”

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