Gina Prince-Bythewood Just Made Superhero History

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06:  Director Gina Prince-Bythewood  of "Beyond The Lights" poses for a portrait during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.  (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Gina Prince-Bythewood Just Made Superhero History

The "Love & Basketball" filmmaker is on to something huge.

Published May 26, 2017

After decades of marginalizing people of color, the superhero universe is finally starting to see some diversity. From Black Panther to Spider-Man: Homecoming, we're thrilled to see more stars that look like us as part of these blockbuster films. 

Now, a huge stride has been made to give people of color a seat at the table behind the scenes, as well. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of such classic films as Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights, has signed on to direct Sony's next superhero film, Silver & Black, based on the classic Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. This would make the first time a Black woman has helmed a superhero film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Silver Sable, created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1985, is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts war criminals. The character has been both antagonist and ally to Spider-Man. Black Cat, an acrobatic cat burglar whose real name is Felicia Hardy, has a long and tangled romantic history with Spider-Man in the comics."

The project isn't slated to go into production until next year, so no cast has been announced as of yet. But we'll be keeping a close eye on this one to see how it develops!

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage)


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