WATCH: Black Panther: The actresses of the Dora Milaje trained for eight hours a day

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Feb 1, 2018

Black Panther doesn't open for the masses until February 16, but the Marvel Studios film did enjoy its purple carpet Hollywood premiere on Monday evening. Early reactions are super positive for the movie, which focuses on T'Challa, the king and protector of Wakanda, a highly-advanced African nation. While the king can mainly take care of himself as the Black Panther, Wakanda also has a secret service known as the Dora Milaje, made up entirely of badass women.

They're an elite group that require certain skills and to accurately portray it on screen, the actresses who made up their ranks had to go through a grueling training schedule every day. 

"We trained for eight hours a day. Eight hours a day in bo staff because in this film and as you've seen in some of the trailers, we have spears. And we have to make [those] spears twirl and look nice on camera," Janeisha Adams-Ginyard told SYFY WIRE's Karama Horne at the premiere. "So we trained eight hours a day, both arms because we're all right-handed, but then you need to do left-hand. You gotta be dominant, you gotta make both of them equal."

The ultimate look of the movie was done by Costume Designer Ruth Carter who gives a lot of credit to director Ryan Coogler, saying it was all "preordained" by him.

"Ryan decided on which colors would be where," she told SYFY WIRE. "He's like a little genius ... he said the Dora need to be red because it's paying homage to the comics. He said that Lupita's character from the River Tribe needs to wearing all kinds of magnificent greens. He was the one that said the royal family will be purple ... and so, the process begins once your director gives you his aesthetic and his idea."