While in LA for the Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War World Premiere, we were able to sit down and watch a few of the Black Panther’s DVD Bonus features followed by an interview with Black Panther’s Executive Producer Nate Moore. Here is what Nate Moore had to say about Black Panther…
“It was really a combination of three things. We inherited some cast. Chadwick 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, 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 which was an easy sell. Ryan suggested Danai, which was an easy sell. We collectively went 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. Two people we found together – 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.”
Choosing what features to include for the DVD
“We have a brainstorming session where people get to pitch ideas of what they think is interesting and also what footage we have that we can show. The typical ones like deleted scenes and gag reels, we know we’re going to do so we are collecting that footage all through production and post-production. Then, once we get a sense of what people are responding to 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. Unlike other films like Captain America, which I loved and worked on, but that world is a bit more familiar to audiences. So, there’s less to tell. We had a lot of stories to tell from this one.”
Intentionally not having Easter Eggs in Black Panther
“When we were building this story, one thing that Kevin [Feige] said very early on was I think there’s enough in this property that we don’t have to have a lot of different intersections because we think it stands alone. That’s also why you don’t see Tony Stark or Steve Rogers – which I think we could have made a case for some of those characters to naturally intersect. But there was so much storytelling and so much detail that we actually were able to keep a lot of that stuff out. And I think it helps the movie just feel like it’s own experience.”
Upon our return from LA, we received a special package from Wakanda that included the Black Panther Blu-Ray along with some other fun goodies. My son’s eyes lit up when he saw that Black Panther blanket.
Of course we have already watched Black Panther again and will continue to do so. Not only because it is my son’s favorite super hero but also because it is really good!
Black Panther Blu-ray Bonus Material
- 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
- In World Wakanda Tourism Ads (Come to Wakanda “Before”,Come to Wakanda “After”)
Want to know more about Black Panther and its characters? Click on the links below to read my exclusive interviews with:
- Lupita Nyong’o & Danai Gurira
- Forest Whitaker
- Daniel Kaluuya & Letitia Wright
- Andy Serkis and Winston Duke
- Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter & Production Designer Hannah Beachler
You should also check out the Black Panther Press Conference Highlights and Fun Facts from the Cast. Oh and my Black Panther Inspired Gift Guide for some really cool products you can collect, enjoy or give as gifts.
Black Panther is now available to come home in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand now!