Ryan Coogler Explains Why 'Black Panther' Is a Political Film

Coogler, who helmed the films 'Fruitvale Station' and 'Creed' prior to the Marvel blockbuster, also explained to THR's Director Roundtable the restrictions he encountered working with a big studio on a film that's set to become a franchise.

“We always saw it like it’s a character who’s the political leader of a fictional country, but we put it on a real continent,” Ryan Coogler told THR's Director Roundtable on the political ties in his record-breaking film Black Panther.

“We wanted it set it in a real world and that’s kind of how the character saw himself, how he identified himself, as a politician, so through that it’s definitely a political film,” he added.

Coogler, who directed the films Fruitvale Station and Creed prior to Black Panther, explained the restrictions he encountered working with a big studio on a film that’s set to become a franchise: “The biggest difference wasn’t in the restrictions — it was actually the lack of restrictions.”

“When you’re dealing with not a lot of money, you got a lot of limitations, and it helps you move faster because you can’t just do anything. Sometimes there’s only one place you can put the camera, you can only be in this location for two hours and then you got to go, so it makes it a little simpler.”

He continued: “In fact, it makes it easier when you can do anything, and that’s kind of what happens with a film like this. That’s what I found made it a lot harder, and it’s dealing with so many more people. You got to get comfortable directing in a room full of 75 to 100 people sometimes. A lot of times I find directing can make you feel like you’re naked.”