In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Selma director Ava DuVernay elaborated on her reasons for ultimately declining the directorship of Marvel’s The Black Panther — which will be the first Marvel film starring a black superhero.
Earlier this month, when Ava DuVernay walked away from a chance to direct the big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s Black Panther, her explanation wasn’t terribly surprising. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” DuVernay said.
Marvel’s ninja-assassin Elektra is coming to Season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, and has finally been cast. French actress Élodie Yung will play the character who reenters and shakes up Matt Murdock’s life, whose name is derived from the mythological princess of Argos (her brother’s name, amusingly, is Orestez), and who, like the Greek princess, attended Columbia University before leaving to study martial arts in China. The role was formerly played by Jennifer Garner in 2003’s Daredevil and 2005’s Elektra.
After much speculation, it’s been announced that Selma‘s Ava DuVernay will direct Marvel Studio’s forthcoming Black Panther movie, scheduled for a summer 2018 release. It is thought that by hiring DuVernay this …Read More
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Michael B. Jordan’s Human Torch, Furiosa’s Feminism, and the New Identity Politics of Super-Mainstream Cinema
Arguments over identity politics are familiar on the Internet and in classrooms, but now they’ve made inroads from message boards to the previews and actions sequences of major blockbuster films. Today, different ideological groups are duking it out over individual characters in super-mainstream pop culture, either using them as avatars of their points of view or rejecting them as avatars of an insidious progressive agenda. Whether it’s MRAs freaking out about the feminism of “Mad Max” or racists reading a black Human Torch as a symbol of the ultimate affront of the Obama era, inclusive strains in new films have outraged social conservatives. Yet simultaneously, progressives are pushing hard for directors and studios to continue making their big-budget films even more accurately reflective of their devoted fandoms, in all their diverse glory.