BY GEORGE WALES
Ava DuVernay was reportedly very close to becoming Marvel‘s first female helmer on Black Panther, only for the Selma director to eventually pass on the project. DuVernay has since spoken about her decision during a keynote speech at the BlogHer conference, and has suggested that there would have been too much compromise involved for her to commit…
“At one point, the answer was yes,” says DuVernay, “because I thought there was value in putting that kind of imagery into the culture in a worldwide, huge way, in a certain way: excitement, action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero — that would be pretty revolutionary.“
“These Marvel films go everywhere from Shanghai to Uganda, and nothing that I probably will make will reach that many people, so I found value in that. That’s how the conversations continued, because that’s what I was interested in. But everyone’s interested in different things.“
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