Black Panther: Tyler Perry clears the air on rumoured jealousy

Actor Tyler Perry

‘Black Panther’, which smashed box office record of over $361 million, is the first movie to be filmed at Tyler Perry Studios.

The movie, gained worldwide prominence for its predominantly black cast and premiered in Nigeria on February 13; opening in cinemas on February 16.

The studio is owned by Tyler Perry, creator and actor of the globally acclaimed black movie series ‘Madea’.

Perry, who was Forbes 2011 ‘highest paid man in entertainment’, shared the fact on his twitter handle @tylerperry on Tuesday, following memes indicating that he was ‘jealous’ of the film’s success.

The filmmaker, actor, comedian, writer and songwriter, wrote:

“Welcome to Wakanda! You wanna talk about black history! These are the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios. And guess what the first film to shoot on one of the stages was?! #BlackPanther, #WakandaForever.”

Parts of the iconic film were shot on Tyler Perry’s 330 acres of film production studios/space.

Following the news, black twitter users took to the platform to describe the dominance of blacks in the film as a winning streak.

@Toure tweeted: “Part of Black Panther was shot in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios. So it’s a film about Blackness, starring lots of Black people, directed by a Black man, produced (in part) by a Black man, on a set owned by a Black man. All Black Everything. #WakandaForever.”

@NotoriousVee tweeted: “A lot of people haven’t talked about this but Tyler Perry movies, along with his other accomplishments, has helped him create his own black owned studio production.

“The fact that the first film to shoot here was Black Panther is iconic. Whole bunch of black excellence.”

They also rebuked twitter users who had earlier joked about Perry feeling bad about not being a part of the iconic ‘Black Panther’.

@LizLubega wrote: “Some of you had jokes about Tyler Perry after watching Black Panther without realizing he was actually part of it. It was filmed at the brother’s studio. Shame on you.”

@Aaronladii wrote: “Y’all Mad About Tyler Perry But He Help Produce Black Panther At His Studio, Learn your News Before Speaking!”

@Jolade tweeted: “Black Panther was filmed in Tyler Perry Studios. It was the first film to be filmed at Tyler Perry Studios.”

Black Panther is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character.

He stars alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The movie follows Black Panther (Boseman), who on his return home as king of Wakanda, finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary, in a conflict with global consequences.