In an interview with Essence Magazine on July 3rd, 2015, Ava DuVernay has confirmed that she will not be directing Black Panther. She says the reason is that her and Marvel do not see eye-to-eye on the direction of the story. She assured the interviewer that there were no hard feelings and was glad to be asked. She told Essence:
“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther; I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. 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.”
“I loved meeting Chadwick (Boseman) and writers and all the Marvel execs, 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 … I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
Some have pointed out that Ava DuVernay confused thing by tweeting about directing a black super hero movie in a response to Bree Newsome taking down the Confederate flag on July 27th, 2015. This is because instead of reading what she actually tweeted they took part of what she said and ran with it. I think the confusion stems from the fact that many in the comic geek and entertainment community actually wanted this to happen. Having the director of Selma be the one to direct Black Panther, especially after the highly publicized snubbing her movie got from an Oscar nomination. However what she actually tweeted was:
“Yes. I hope I get the call to direct the motion picture about a black superhero I admire. Her name is @BreeNewsome.”
This puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? We will keep watching to see how Black Panther develops and what’s next for Ava DuVernay.