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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 ON : MAY 26, 2017 / 11:48 AM

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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