Being a fictional African country, it comes as a surprise that Marvel were planning on having the people of Wakanda speak in either American or British accents. Chadwick Boseman was the guest on the newest episode of the Awards Chatter podcast from The Hollywood Reporter and the Black Panther actor revealed that he had to fight for the accent we hear in the film and that he originally wanted the Wakandan’s to speak with a click.
“I decided in my research that the Wakandan’s would speak with a click. Because some of the languages that have clicks are among the oldest on the planet. I wanted that sound in there. But the South African one also brought with it this feeling of things that we knew.”
“They (Marvel) felt it was maybe too much for the audience to take. If we do it now, we’re stuck with it. I felt the exact opposite – like, if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home? It was either British or my American accent. It felt like a deal-breaker to me. For them I don’t think it was that deep. I was like, no, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now, what else are we gonna throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable? Once we decided to do it, we went for it. To their credit, you can’t expect everybody to have that same understanding but for them to listen I give them the utmost respect.”
Black Panther holds the record as the sixth highest-grossing opening weekend in history with $202 million and is 2018’s highest-grossing domestic movie in America with $700 million.