Black Panther and A Wrinkle In time are going to be two of the most talked about movies in history.Not only are these two blockbusters the work of black directors, both movies have a unique groundbreaking side to them; Black Panther as we all know is the First black Superhero movie ever, while A Wrinkle in Time has majority of the cast and crew as females.
The sky is big enough for two or more black directors to top the charts at the same time.
What makes these event even more beautiful asides from the amazing movies, definitely has to be the positive energy and support both directors are showing each other.
Director Ava DuVernay has made comparisons with Black Panther, and says the inclusion and representation in the two films is something to be proud of.
“The number one and number two films in America are films made by black directors, so we’re so happy to stand with Black Panther,” she said.
“We’re also happy to stand with films that are looking at different kinds of storytellers behind the camera and different kinds of faces in front of the camera.
“I think it’s also powerful for boys to see a girl leading, something that we don’t often see.
“So we’re hoping this film plants seeds that give kids something to think about in a way so we can have some really beautiful adults.”
Whilst Ryan Coogler, who directed Black Panther, wrote an open letter to Ava DuVernay on ESPN.
“I watched closely from across the hall at Disney while working on Black Panther as my big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors.
“But above all, it’s a film about a little black girl with glasses – like my mom, like my wife, like my big sister Ava – who refuses to accept that her dad is lost.
“The main character in the film, Meg, uses her love, her hope and her kickass skills as a scientist to bring him back, and maybe she saves the universe along the way.”
A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color to direct a film with a $100 million-plus budget, and alongside her “little brother,” Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, she crossed another milestone this past weekend, which marked the “first time films by black directors with $100 million plus budgets have ever placed in the first two box office spots,” according to CNN.
Below are some of the groundbreaking marks by Black Panther and A wrinkle In Time.
- Black Panther is the seventh highest-grossing domestic release of all time
- Ava Duvernay is the first woman of color to direct a film with a $100 million plus budget.
- Black Panther is the second highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in North America, and the highest-grossing solo superhero adventure.