Director Ava DuVernay may be headed to Marvel.
The studio is considering DuVernay, nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for “Selma,” for an upcoming superhero film, according to The Wrap. Marvel apparently wants DuVernay to direct either “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel,” both due out in 2018. She would be the first black woman to direct a major superhero movie.
HitFix in February asked DuVernay if she had any interest in directing a Marvel film. She responded with a laugh and said, “I’m not a big comic book fan, but I know I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths. I probably want to do some origin story.” DuVernay admitted that she didn’t know much about Marvel’s properties, but added, “everything is possible.”
The Wrap’s report comes as the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday called for an investigation into what it called Hollywood’s “systemic failure” to hire female directors. Ariela Migdal, a senior attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, said the failure to hire women directors is “a pretty solid sign there’s discrimination going on.”
It’s worth noting that Patty Jenkins will be the first female director on a major superhero movie. Jenkins, who was originally optioned to direct “Thor: The Dark World,” is directing the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film.
Reps for Marvel and DuVernay weren’t immediately available for comment.
For more, head to The Wrap.
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