Hollywood is all a-flutter over the possibility of Selma director Ava DuVernay taking on a Marvel movie, and one of her newest endorsements is coming from her most recent star. While promoting HBO’s Nightingale, David Oyewolo said that he was totally behind his former director helming a comic book movie, and that the studio would be wise to hire her for such a high-profile project, saying that DuVernay elevates “everything she touches.”
“She bakes into it who she is,” he added. “So, if Marvel is as smart and as brave to go on that journey with Ava, I’m personally the first in line to see what she does with that.”
Oyewolo added that DuVernay’s “brand” as a director was so “singular” that she would make a truly exciting choice by Marvel if they went through with it. This is what has set DuVernay apart, but what worries me when it comes to hearing those dreaded words… “creative differences.” If I may implore Marvel to just hire her and then follow a strict “hands-off” policy… I know. That’s a pipe dream.
As for starring in a superhero movie himself — well, another superhero movie, being that he played Martin Luther King, Jr. — Oyewolo seems a little hesitant about the idea, saying there’s just so much baggage that comes with playing a “larger than life” character. But in the same breath, he said he wants to play “lots of different characters,” so maybe he can squeeze in a sweet cameo in DuVernay’s movie, whatever it is. (Probably Black Panther.)