Black Panther Needs A Black Director, According To Ryan Coogler

Even though ‘Black Panther’s’ release date is now just under two-and-a-half years away we’re still not sure who is actually going to be directing the Marvel blockbuster.


Chadwick Boseman was confirmed as T’Challa last year, and while many filmmakers have been linked to the ‘Black Panther’ director’s chair Marvel still can’t quite decide who they want.

One of these directors was Ryan Coogler, who is currently promoting ‘Creed’, the ‘Rocky’ spin-off and his sophomore film after the critically acclaimed ‘Fruitvale Station.’

From the sound of things Coogler hasn’t landed the gig. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a strong opinion on who should. And while chatting to Screen Rant Coogler talked about the importance of ‘Black Panther’s’ director’s ethnicity mirroring that of the character.

“I think that there is a potential for a greater truth when a filmmaker comes from a particular culture that they’re dealing with,” Coogler explained.

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“That’s not to say that a filmmaker can’t work outside his or her cultural space. But I do believe that the opportunity for the film to have more nuance will come when you are looking at filmmakers that bring a little bit of that from their personal experience.”

With this in mind Ryan Coogler also insisted that if/when a film female led superhero film is greenlit it should be overseen by a woman too.

The fact that Marvel have only ever used white, male directors means that there has been a huge call for them to hire a black filmmaker to bring the most famous black superhero of all time to life.

Alongside Coogler, the likes of ‘Selma’s’ Ava DuVernay and ‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ F. Gary Gray have also been touted as potential ‘Black Panther’ directors. But at the moment we’re still really none the wiser about who is the front-runner.


But with ‘Thor: Ragnarok’s’ director confirmed as Taiki Waititi last month, and ‘Black Panther’ due out just a few months after on February 16, 2018, we can expect an answer on whose in charge sooner rather than later.

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