By Dan Stewart
July 4, 2015

The first major black superhero movie won’t be directed by the most prominent African American female director in Hollywood.

Selma director Ava DuVernay told Essence she considered directing Marvel’s Black Panther movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn’t for her.

“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she told the magazine at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. “I love that they reached out to me.”

Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero and is due for release in July 2018.

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