Chadwick Boseman is the star of one of the year’s most anticipated films, Marvel’s Black Panther. Black Panther, real name, T’Challa, is a character whose mastered all forms of unarmed combat and whose style of fighting involves aspects of animal mimicry, hence he is named after the big cat species found in Africa. Black Panther is the first black superhero to get his own standalone movie and the film includes the biggest black cast to grace Hollywood’s cinematic screen.
Black Panther is one of the few superheroes ever to have an African accent. Chadwick worked with a dialect coach who did his research in Cape Town, South Africa. The accent is inspired by Xhosa. However, because the technologically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda is supposedly unique as the city of Wakanda was never conquered, the accent is therefore an imagined possibility of what a dialect uninfluenced by languages outside of an African dialect would sound like.
The film’s plot revolves around Chadwick’s character as he takes the throne of Wakanda whilst settling the unrest in the land caused by the death of the king (his father). The country grapples with whether or not to reveal its presence to the world. T’Challa has difficult decisions and choices to make. With great power comes great responsibility. Of the character, Chadwick says that sometimes there’s no right answer for the Panther, sometimes one must do bad things to attain justice and peace.
Chadwick says his love for Marvel stems from the fact that they choose to focus on the people behind the superpowers. This physically demanding role saw Chadwick undergoing intensive training. The praise for the film proves that his acting performance matched his physical strength for the role.