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Gina Prince-Bythewood Becomes 1st Black Woman to Direct Superhero Movie

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Sony is already creating a buzz for its upcoming film Silver & Black, the studio’s film starring classic Spider-Man characters Silver Sable and Black Cat, by announcing that writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the film. This announcement makes Prince-Bythewood the first black woman to direct a superhero movie. Prince-Bythewood is known for films such as Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights and, most recently, Fox’s series Shots Fired.


First on Prince-Bythewood’s plate is a rewrite of the original script by Christopher Yost. The movie tells the story of Silver Sable, a mercenary who hunts war criminals, and Black Cat, a burglar also known as Felicia Hardy. Both characters were Spider-Man’s antagonists and allies.

Prince-Bythewood isn’t a stranger to the superhero genre; she most recently directed the Freeform network’s pilot for Marvel’s upcoming Cloak & Dagger.

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I’m not familiar with her work, but I’m concerned by the fact that her filmography seems to be mostly dramas.

Does anyone have a handle on how she’s likely to handle the action sequences and the fight choreography?