I attended the #InfinityWarEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 4/22-4/24. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
Marvel’s Black Panther is now on BluRay! Check out my exclusive interview with Black Panther Producer Nate Moore.
Last month when I attended the Avengers: Infinity War world premiere in Los Angeles, I also had the chance to sit down for an interview with Black Panther‘s Executive producer Nate Moore and chat about the movie and upcoming BluRay release. It is always exciting to chat with the makers of the film and get all the behind the scenes and nitty gritty details which go into making a blockbuster. With Black Panther’s phenomenonal success and one of my personal favorite Marvel films; you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the interview! Take a look at some of the highlights with Nate Moore and more about the Black Panther BluRay & 4K release, which is TODAY May 15th!
On The Casting of Black Panther
Nate: It was really combination of three things. We inherited some cast. Chadwick (Boseman) was obviously in CIVIL WAR. Andy Serkis had been in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Martin Freeman had been in CIVIL WAR. When we hired Ryan (Coogler), one of the first things he said was I would love to find a role for Michael B. Jordan because they had done FRUITVALE and CREED together. So, he became Killmonger. Ryan suggested Lupita (Nyong’o), which was an easy sell. Ryan suggested Danai (Gurira), which was an easy sell. We collectively went out to Angela Bassett thinking there’s no way she’s going to do this movie because man, she’s so fantastic! And she was game. Daniel Kaluuya was a Ryan Coogler idea.
The two people we found together (were) Letitia Wright as Shuri, and Winston Duke as M’Baku. We did a pretty wide-ranging casting search for them. M’Baku was great because none of us had really ever encountered Winston before and his size and his presence was just so dynamic even on tapes in a room reading against nobody, he was fantastic. Then Shuri, Letitia Wright, we ended up doing two rounds with other actresses and reading with Chad. It was really about chemistry with Chadwick. It was true on the day and it’s still true, Letitia was one of the few people who could actually get Chad to laugh naturally, because Chad is a very reserved person. But in the audition, it was like oh, that’s his sister. And even on set, she’s one of the few people that he actually relaxes around and she so fantastic.
On Stan Lee’s Cameo
Nate: The only time anybody gets star struck is when Stan comes to set. He’s the only one that people want to take pictures with and want to get autographs and he’s game for everything.
On Development & Pre-Production
Nate: The most fun is development because everything’s on the table. There are no bad ideas and there’s nothing you can’t afford and there’s nothing you can’t execute because it’s just on a page. Then you start to whittle away the things you can actually accomplish versus what you can’t. So, pre-production is kind of a painful process because it becomes a “what can we do” which necessarily means “what can’t we do” and that’s always hard. But then production gets to be fun again because now these decisions you made are finally coming to life.
So, you’re seeing these scenes that you hope work, either work or don’t work. And again, in this case, our actors were so locked in and their performances were so good, even on the day we’re like “oh, man, that was a great scene”. We got really excited. And then post (production) is again, kind of painful because you’re having to say goodbye to some scenes that you love but you’re getting to play with music which is a lot of fun and the music is such a strong character in the movie. And our composer, Ludwig Goransson, is so talented. And the Kendrick (Lamar) deal kind of came in at the same time.
On Choosing The Bonus Features
Nate: We kind of have a brainstorming session where people get to pitch out ideas of what they think is interesting and also what footage we have that we can show (the viewers). So, the typical ones like deleted scenes and gag reels, we know we’re going to do. Once we kind of get a sense of what people are responding to sort of out in the world, we can craft our features based on that. This movie just happened to have a lot of really in-depth stuff because the building of Wakanda was so complicated. We had a lot of stories to tell from this one.
Black Panther NOW on BluRay & 4K
When I purchase a BluRay for a film, the very first thing I watch are the Bonus Featues! I usually have already seen the film and the bonus features is that extra special something one receives when owning their own BluRay copy. I was able to take a sneak peek at some of the Black Panther Bonus Features during the Nate Moore interview last month. To say they are worth the purchase of the BluRay is an understatement, I could have watched them all day! Check out the details:
- Director’s Intro
- From Page to Screen: A Roundtable Discussion – Delve into the film’s making
- Crowning of a New King – Explore the world of “Black Panther” in all its color and complexity
- The Warriors Within – Get to know Wakanda’s women and the actors who portray them
- The Hidden Kingdom Revealed – Wakanda’s diverse people
- Wakanda Revealed: Exploring the Technology
- Deleted Scenes
- U.N. Meet and Greet
- Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda
- T’Challa Remembers His Father
- Voices from the Past
- Gag Reel
- Exclusive Sneak Peek at “Ant-Man and The Wasp”
- Marvel Studios the First Ten Years: Connecting the Universe
- Director’s Commentary
Black Panther releases onto Blu-ray and DVD TODAY May 15th!
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” the highly celebrated story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, has thrilled and inspired generations of moviegoers around the globe. Now, fans can bring home the phenomenon, packed with light-hearted fun, pulse-pounding action and a powerful message, and watch it over and over again, Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15. With both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos immersive sound, 4K Ultra HD offers consumers a transformative viewing experience.