SILVER & BLACK Director Discusses WONDER WOMAN, Talks Upcoming Film
After the somewhat unexpected success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, Vulture sat down with Gina Prince-Bythewood, who is slated to direct the upcoming Spider-Man offshoot Silver & Black. Prince-Blythewood went to the premiere of the DCEU movie on May 25, when it was announced that she would be directing the story of Silver Sable and the Black Cat. Asked about her reaction to the film she said: “I remember there was a point in the movie where I was staring up at the screen, just letting the feeling wash over me that I’m watching a woman leading the film and she’s the hero and she’s badass. It just felt good. I lived in that feeling for a couple days.”
But Prince-Bythewood did not stop there, helping herself to another viewing of the film, well on its way to establishing box office records. “The second time, I think I appreciated Gal Gadot’s performance even more,” she said. “And the way that they were able to balance the heroism and the humor … I mean, there is zero cursing in the entire thing, but it never felt soft.” Speaking about the success of Jenkins, whose film is well ahead of other DCEU films in ticket revenue at this point, and expected to end up with at least well north of $300 million domestically, the up and coming director simply said: “I’m proud of her.”
Prince-Bythewood is set to make history in her own way, as she will soon become the first woman of color to be the sole credited director for a comic-book film. As we reported here last month, the story centers on Silver Sable as she is hired to find Felicia Hardy (the Black Cat). It seems almost impossible to believe that only a few years ago the issue of women in Hollywood was really roiling up some feathers, given some of the welcome advances we are seeing. “There’s definitely a sea change,” said Prince-Bythewood in the Vulture interview. “It’s small, if you look at the sheer volume of movies they make — the numbers are still pretty dismal. But it really feels like within the last two to three years, it’s not just talk anymore. People have been refusing to shut up about it, and studios and production companies are listening and understanding that it’s really a problem they can’t ignore.”
Asked about some theories about the persistent gender gap, which at least some attribute to a lack of interest by women in making these movies (a statement echoed, for example, by Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow), Prince-Bythewood disagreed, noting that she sees all of those movies and enjoys them. “The strange thing is, I knew I was the best person for this [project],” she said. “Normally I get nervous regardless of what it is when I go into a meeting but with this, I saw the movie in my head as I was reading it, and it’s an exciting thing as a director when you know what you want to do with it. I was able to be so specific, so it was exciting in those meetings because everything I was talking about, they loved. We were feeding off each other.”
Silver and Black doesn’t have a release date and no cast, but Prince-Bythewood is working on it and we wish her all the success. “I go to bed thinking about it, I wake up thinking about it, and during the day, I have my notebook where I’m jotting down ideas and visuals and music,” she said. “It’s so up my alley in terms of these two female characters and who they are and what they’re about. It’s the perfect way for me to dive into the Marvel universe, to focus on these two women who I really respect and can’t wait to bring to life.”
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