Ava DuVernay, the renowned director of Selma is no longer attached to the Black Panther film. Creative differences were cited as the reason for her departure.
DuVernay spoke to Essence Magazine about her decision:
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 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 realise 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.
Actor Chadwick Bosemann will first appear in Captain America: Civil War next year in May, and then in Black Panther in 2018
Female directors, comic book movies and “creative differences” have been quite the trifecta for bad filmic karma, with Wonder Woman having recently dropped director Michelle Maclaren over creative differences (not after WB’s public shaming) and replacing her with Patty Jenkins.
Hopefully its nothing too damning for Marvel Studios.