Among the many highlights of ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ was the big screen debut of Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther. And now that the film is available on home video, we are being treated to ever more insights into its production. Perhaps chief among them has been the recent revelation has been the recent revelation that Black Panther’s costume was created by layering CGI elements on top of the practical costume worn by Boseman on set.
Though the notion of actors wearing “CGI costumes” may have left a bad taste in audiences’ mouths after ‘Green Lantern’, there’s no denying that Marvel’s team has done a much better job of incorporating that technique into their films. Indeed, while we may expect this with characters like Iron Man or the Hulk, who would obviously be more difficult to portray with exclusively practical effects, it can be surprising to learn the extent to which these digital accents are used to complete the looks of some of Marvel’s less visually outlandish heroes.
Now, courtesy of CineSite, we have a VFX reel that showcases the process through which the look of the finished costume was achieved. The video showcases every stage of the process, from the partial costume worn on set, through the various layers of digital effects that were added in post-production, all the way through the finished shot. You can find the video embedded below:
The movie is currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD, as well as through a variety of digital download services.
Adapted from the bestselling Marvel Comics storyline, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ features an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Tom Holland.