Building Black Panther: The Work Of Christopher Priest (Behind the Panel) | SYFY WIRE

Behind the Panel: Christopher Priest on building Black Panther and Deathstroke vs. Batman

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Jun 18, 2018, 2:40 PM EDT (Updated)

Twenty years ago, Christopher Priest's run on Black Panther helped redefine the character and introduced several of the characters and elements that made it into the feature film. The Dora Milaje, Nakia, Okoye, and Everett K. Ross were all introduced by Priest, and he even reestablished Black Panther's high-tech tricks and gadgets that had largely been abandoned since his initial appearances.

SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila caught up with Priest, who shared a few memories from his time on Black Panther. That includes the hate mail that Priest received for the perceived changes he made to his character, which he cites as getting back to the way Stan Lee and Jack Kirby envisioned him. Priest also gives credit to current and previous Black Panther teams for their contributions to the film, especially Don McGregor for his influential Jungle Action storyline. Without McGregor, there would be no Killmonger!

Before reminiscing about his Marvel days, Priest spoke with us about his current comic book series: Deathstroke. DC Comics gave Priest a lot of freedom to reestablish Slade Wilson as one of the baddest men in comics, and the Deathstroke vs. Batman storyline gave him the opportunity to bring in the Dark Knight as well. The conflict between them stems from the mystery of Damian Wayne's paternity. As far Deathstroke is concerned, he's not interested in having Damian/Robin as a son, but someone went through a lot of trouble to convince Batman and Slade about Damian's true origin. Priest also told us that even he doesn't know who will be Damian's real father until DC makes its decision.

Finally, Priest spoke about his recent arc on Justice League, which kept the team away from cosmic threats and forced them to confront issues that brought them back down to Earth. For all of the details, check out the full interview below!