BLACK PANTHER's BOSEMAN: Marvel's 'Smarter Than You Think They Are', Does GOTHAM's Showrunner Know Who Ra’s al Ghul Is?

Black Panther official concept art
Credit: Marvel Studios


In a new wide-ranging interview about his career with EW, Chadwick Boseman of course fielded a number of questions about his debut as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Already seemingly well-versed in the Marvel Studios marketing method of saying very little before you have to, the 37 year-old Boseman did not divulge too much new information, but did reveal a few innocuous tidbits. Including:

- He has not tried on the costume yet.

- While not a fanatic, he read comics books as a kid, but didn’t know much about the Black Panther until the last decade or so. “I think once you get into the film business, though, you start thinking about things that would be really cool to do, and then I fell in love with [the character],” he said. “For me, that’s going to be the case for most people who watch it, for most people who see this character emerge inside the Marvel world. And it’s the right time for it, at the end of the day. It’s the right time for the character to emerge and to have his own life.”

Black Panther title card
Black Panther title card
Credit: Marvel

- While he says his name was attached in rumors for the role for some time, he never actually officially spoke to Marvel until a few weeks before last month’s announcement .

- He said he really didn’t have an audition process. “It was more of a discussion about what they wanted to do and how I saw it and what I wanted to do. It was more of a feeling out process and they’re really smart. I can’t talk too much about it—the only thing I can say is that they are smarter than you think they are.”

- Finally, he said he “honestly” doesn’t think there is a screenplay for the 2017 Black Panther standalone film yet. “All of that is being come up with right now,” he said.

The stars of Captain America: Civil War: Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Chris Evans as Captain America
The stars of Captain America: Civil War: Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, and Chris Evans as Captain America
Credit: Marvel Studios

Does GOTHAM's Bruno Heller Know Who Ra’s al Ghul Is?

Thursday, also published the rest of their interview witth Bruno Heller, showrunner of Gotham, and there’s a particular answer (outside of that “prenatal Robin” one we already talked about) that stands out for comic book fans.

EW brought up Ra’s al Ghul going to Arrow and asked if that meant he couldn’t come to Gotham. Heller’s answer will either draw a big ‘ole belly laugh or raise a bright red flag depending on your point of view.

”It doesn’t preclude him from joining Gotham, but now you’re deep into [DC Comics chief] Geoff Johns’ territory, so you’d have to ask him. Where was Ra’s al Ghul in this particular juncture in Batman’s life? He was probably a teenager as well, with Mrs. al Ghul making him sandwiches and sending him off to Ghul school.”

So, does Heller really not know anything about Ra’s al Ghul? He’s been portrayed for decades as a near-immortal up to about 600 years old, after all (and appearing about a generation older than Bruce Wayne either way). Or is Heller just making a dry joke (or even better, actively poking the fans). Either way, hey, he didn’t say Ra’s couldn’t make an appearance… even as a kid.

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