If there is a light in 2018, it is Black Panther, and actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright are as excited as you are because the females are strong as hell.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, the actresses discussed how Panther deviates from the roles superhero movies often relegate women to, and how their characters work together instead of tearing each other down.
“My character, Nakia, [is] a departure from the character you see in the comic books,” Nyong’o said. “She’s this independent woman, super patriotic but also very questioning of her society, and I liked that. With her complicated relationship with T’Challa, I knew it was going to be kind of sexy, and I was like, ‘OK, I definitely want in.'”
In the comics, Nakia is groomed as part of a group of Wakandan women known as the Dora Milaje, who are the king’s bodyguards and trusted with maintaining the peace. She lives in the palace with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and develops feelings for him over time. That could easily lead to being jealous of his bond with his sister Shuri (Wright), but Nyong’o says the film avoids that trope.
Ryan made a point of avoiding the expected female-rival narrative. In this genre, where spandex is involved, oftentimes the women are pitted against each other. In our story, there are so many different women holding their own space. Women may be in competition with each other, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an absence of love or respect. Shuri is the sister to the Black Panther and the leader of technological pursuits, and Nakia is someone who has a complicated history with the Black Panther and is a warrior in her own right. You see them work together, and you see a dynamic that is really encouraging. Making this film awakened me. I walked away from this experience feeling extremely supported, and I felt challenged.
Wright said that all the characters in the film exhibit both strength and vulnerability, irrespective of gender. She was heartened to play a character as tough as Shuri who still experiences fear and uncertainty.
“Superhero movies are our modern folklore—and folklore is important,” Nyong’o continued. “It informs our sense of oneness. The beauty of cinema is you all go into a room together and agree to suspend your disbelief and share this experience of another world…These big blockbuster superhero films appearing in moments when we’re so polarized are some of the few chances we all get to be on the same page.”
Black Panther releases in theaters Feb. 16.
Ava DuVernay to direct DC’s ‘New Gods’
This is going to be EPIC.
Ava DuVernay is confirmed to direct DC’s new superhero movie New Gods and fans of the comic are losing their damn minds.
Reported by Variety, A Wrinkle in Time director DuVernay has signed on to steer the ship for the new DC Extended Universe epic, based on the Jack Kirby-created comic.
It’ll be the second DC superhero film to be directed by a woman, following the Patty Jenkins-helmed box office smash Wonder Woman.
While DuVernay’s current Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, underperformed at the U.S. box office, she’s smashed it elsewhere. Selma made her the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, she was nominated for an Oscar for her documentary 13th, and she took home the directing award at Sundance for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. Boom.
New Gods was created in 1971 by Kirby. It centers on two planets: New Genesis, an arcadian planet ruled by Highfather, and Apokolips, an apocalyptic dystopia ruled by the formidable Darkseid.
DuVernay paired the news with a sweet Twitter tribute to Kirby, who passed away in 1994.
Fans lost their minds over the announcement.
I’m so excited!!!! The New Gods are my all time faves and I absolutely believe in your ability to bring them to life!!! YOU’VE MADE MY DAY!!!
‘Black Panther’ becomes #2 superhero movie of all time… and it’s not stopping
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER L to R: Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) Ph: Film Frame Marvel Studios 2018
Black Panther has officially hit $1 billion worldwide after just four weeks in theaters.
According to a release from Disney, Black Panther is the third-biggest superhero movie domestically, behind The Dark Knight ($534.9 million, and Panther is already at $530.9 as of March 10) and The Avengers ($623.4 million).
With those numbers, Black Panther will easily outstrip The Dark Knight, most likely by the end of Saturday, and it’s pacing ahead of The Avengers Panther has roughly the same domestic gross going into its fourth weekend that Avengers did after its fourth weekend. Panther also has the advantage of opening in February (Avengers and The Dark Knight were spring/summer releases) and enjoying months in theaters with little major competition.
Beyond that, here are a few more badges that Panther wears:
#1 February debut ($202M 3-day, $242.1M 4-day), and February release of all time
#5 all-time 3-day debut ($202M)
#1 Monday of all time ($40.1M)
#2 Sunday of all time ($60M)
#2 second weekend ($111.6M, one of only 4 films to surpass $100M mark in second weekend)
#1 non-holiday third weekend ($66.3M)
Black Panther is now in theaters. Based on these numbers, you probably knew that already.
‘Wonder Woman 2’ casts its Cheetah
It looks like Wonder Woman 2 is assembling its own cast of wonder women. Returning director Patty Jenkins announced Friday via Twitter that indie film actress and Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig will join the sequel.
So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018
The final word of that tweet (before Jenkins tags Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot), is crucial. Cheetah is a classic Wonder Woman villain, created by Doctor Psycho. She has multiple aliases which all sound like SNL characters: Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine, Barbara Ann Minerva, and Sebastian Ballesteros (but that one’s a man).
Though known for her comedy, Wiig has been known to skew toward dark humor or muted drama in her film roles. as with Girl Most Likely, The Skeleton Twins (with fellow SNL alum Bill Hader), or Hateship, Loveship. An actress that versatile could make Cheetah extremely compelling – or at any rate, better than Ares.
Wonder Woman 2 is due in November 2019.
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