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Ryan Coogler Isn't Worried About Extremist Sabotage on Rotten Tomatoes

The Black Panther director wants his movie to be seen and felt by everyone, regardless of their political stance.

Before joining other Marvel heroes this summer to fend the Earth against Thanos, Black Panther T'Challa must tend to civil conflicts, and possibly dirty tricks from DCEU extremists. A Facebook group planned to bombard Black Panther's Rotten Tomatoes audience score with negative reviews--to avenge the low ratings that DCEU films have received. They were shut down by Facebook shortly after the news broke, but that doesn't mean the scheme wouldn't continue.

Nonetheless, its director, Ryan Coogler, doesn't mind this potential sabotage. Speaking with Huffington Post, he expressed his optimism regarding the alt-right Facebook group:

"For me, I'm looking forward to everybody seeing the film. I'm really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are … that's kind of where I [stand on that]."


Coogler seemed undaunted by those extremists, who called themselves "Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys." More dangerous than just igniting Internet wars between MCU and DCEU, this group also protested the representation of marginalized communities, particularly in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The buzz surrounding Black Panther is related to Wakanda being an African country free of Western colonization and white supremacy, with Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman choosing his unaltered African accent.

He also gave a considerate thought on the controversy of review aggregators:

"It ... can be an oversimplification of what critics are saying about a movie. It's quicker to look at the consensus than it is to read the articles. But I'm a person who definitely respects film criticism and draws on it in the filmmaking process."

Intended to bring revolution to black representation on screen, Black Panther now has the highest pre-ordered ticket sale to date and is projected to be one of the top-grossing solo superhero films (more than $400 million domestic alone). Social media hype is overwhelming after early positive reviews, and fans are more eager than ever to witness the rise of the true king of Wakanda in this huge celebration of black culture.

Source: Huffington Post, Box Office Pro