Creed 3’s Big Anime Inspiration, explained by Michael B. Jordan

Creed 3’s Big Anime Inspiration, explained by Michael B. Jordan

Creed III Star and director Michael B. Jordan explained how anime and manga influenced and helped conceptualize the upcoming boxing movie.


In an interview with Total Film, Jodan discussed how the popular boxing manga series Hajime no Ippo helped to inspire various sequences in Creed III. “There are artistic choices that were influenced by my passion for anime that we brought into the boxing and training sequences,” he said. “With boxing anime that Hajime No Ippo, I really love the internal dialogue about what’s going on and happening in the ring from the characters.”

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A great story Creed III focuses on the dynamic between Jordan’s Adonis “Donnie” Creed and Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors), Creed’s childhood friend and former boxing prodigy recently released from prison. According to Jordan, the anime further inspired how he added emotional depth to certain scenes between the two characters. “It was really important to me that we see the emotional journeys of both Donnie and Damian in these scenes, and the anime definitely played a role with that inspiration,” he said.


Creed III pits Jordan against the majors

Jordan and Majors play opposite each other in the third part of the game Creed film franchise, which serves as a spinoff to Rocky film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. Creed III stars Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, Tessa Thompson as Bianca and Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed. While the film is technically the ninth installment in the Rocky franchise, Creed III will be the first film without Rocky Balboa, as Stallone passed on the film after disagreements over the direction.

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“It’s a different philosophy — the Irwin Winkler’s and the Michael B. Jordan’s,” Stallone said in November. “I wish them well, but I’m much more of a sentimentalist. I like my heroes to get beat up, but I just don’t want them to go into that dark room. I just feel like people have enough darkness.”

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Jordan was announced as the director of Creed III in March 2021. “Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right,” Jordan said at the time. “Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve become more confident in who I am, holding onto my position in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and others CEOs I respect. All of that sets the table for this moment.”

Creed III unveiled its first trailer in October that showcased Damian’s anger-driven motivation to challenge Adonis and set off the anticipated battle between the two childhood friends. Jordan and Majors worked intensely to make their characters look believable, putting on extra muscle for their respective roles.

Directed by Jordan and co-written by producer Ryan Coogler, Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin, Creed III opens in cinemas on March 3, 2023.

Source: Total Film

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