Selma director Ava DuVernay fancies herself as a comic book movie director… and would be keen to take on a Marvel superhero.
During an interview with HitFix, the 42-year-old filmmaker revealed that she’d certainly be up for tackling a Marvel comic book movie.
But she’s not too sure about which one.
“That would probably be the first step… figuring out what they got over there,” she explained. “I’m not a big comic book fan, but I know that I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths.”
Of course, DuVernay shot to fame after co-writing and directing Selma – a historical drama depicting the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, led by Martin Luther King Jr. and a number of other civil rights icons.
The film received universal acclaim from all critics… but while she might be tempted to follow up with a similar historic drama, it seems that DuVernay is open to taking on a comic book movie, too.
“I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, before they get the powers,” she added. “I don’t know about Marvel, but I know I love to tell all kinds of stories, so I don’t say no to anything; everything’s possible.”
Of course, considering the subject of Selma it’s perhaps tempting to see her take on Black Panther – often cited as the first black superhero in American mainstream comic books. But could she also be a great fit for ‘Captain Marvel’?
Although some fans have indicated interest by Joss Whedon for the project, I can’t help thinking that DuVernay might just be the breath of fresh air that Marvel needs to bring in a more diverse, modern audience.
And with her masterful work on Selma, she’s no doubt on Marvel’s radar.
Will she end up taking on either of these awesome Marvel superheroes? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But let’s hope that Marvel approaches her for something.
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