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Chadwick Boseman Promises a "Grittier" 'Black Panther'


One of the most overused buzzwords for movies is "gritty." Ever since Christopher Nolan changed the way comic book movies are made, the word "gritty" has become synonymous with "unnecessarily dark." My greatest hope for comic book movies is that they can avoid this trap, but Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman recently used that word to describe the upcoming film, which now has me worried that we're headed back to world where every comic book movie is gritty. 

Comic Book Resources recently caught up with the actor at Comic Con, and he used that word to illustrate the difference between Black Panther and Ant-Man...

"It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love “Ant-Man.” But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an “Ant-Man.” I’m glad that the tone of [“Black Panther”] may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that."

I don't think he means it in the same way that movie executives and everyone at DC means "gritty." He probably means it'll be a more down and dirty action movie rather than a comedic crime caper. I think we all expected that much, I mean, I'm not walking into a Ryan Coogler movie ready to laugh my ass off. I just hate that word "gritty" so much as it's become a catch-all term for any film that takes its subject matter seriously. 

Steve attanasie

Steve Attanasie

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