Well, this is a bummer — Ava DuVernay won’t be directing the Black Panther movie after all
Ava DuVernay is no stranger to making history. She’s the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance. The first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. The first black female director to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. And now, the first black female superhero movie director? Unfortunately, the last one isn’t on her resume — yet, anyway.
The Selma director was in talks to direct Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie, but after careful consideration, she announced that she will no longer be part of the project. Ultimately, their ideas were just too different.
“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” Ava exclusively told Essence. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”
Us too, Ava. It would have been pretty rad for such an accomplished (female!) director of color to bring to life the story of Marvel’s first superhero of color. Back in the 60s, T’Challa—aka Black Panther—was the first black superhero character to appear in a mainstream franchise.
Most of the film’s details are still being kept under lock and key. But we do know that Chadwick Boseman is set to play the title role, so things are still looking good for the flick.
“I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” she continues. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye-to-eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”
Way to keep things diplomatic and classy, Ava. We’ll miss your input on the project, but we’re still psyched to see Black Panther when it comes out! Also, can we talk about your vision for the film? Because I’d kind of like to see that movie too.
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