Activist Bree Newsome took down the Confederate flag after climbing the flagpole on the South Carolina Capitol grounds on Saturday morning. Local media captured Newsome’s stunt on video, and it quickly went viral over the weekend. Many took notice, including potential Black Panther director Ava DuVernay.
The Selma director tweeted a photo of Newsome in action later that morning, saying she hoped to “get the call to direct the motion picture about a black superhero I admire.”
In the same tweet, DuVernay named Newsome as the “black superhero” she admires. However, considering her long-rumored attachment to Marvel Studios’ first film to focus on an African Avenger, many wonder whether or not the tweet might be a not-so-veiled reference to the Chadwick Boseman-starring film. After all, Marvel’s Kevin Feige finally confirmed DuVernay and the studio had been talking.
Then again, it could also be a jab at everyone who keeps clamoring on about DuVernay being the perfect director for Black Panther. There’s a good chance she might prefer real-life heroes to the fictional ones. I mean, she directed Selma after all.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)