Even as reports surface about potential villains and supporting characters for Silver & Black, director Gina Prince-Bythewood has offered some of the first concrete details about Sony's Black Cat/Silver Sable film.
“I wanted to tell the story of two damaged women who are at war with each other but need each other to survive,” she told Variety, comparing Silver & Black to buddy films like Thelma & Louise and Midnight Run.
Prince-Bythewood, who directed the Freeform television pilot for Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, said she delved into the Marvel Comics origins of Black Cat and Silver Sable to find what drew one to a life of crime and the other to a career as a killer for hire. In both cases, she discovered characters "haunted by the deaths of their parents."
It's a darker, possibly even R-rated, approach that will make Silver & Black stand apart from films like Spider-Man: Homecoming, produced in partnership with Marvel Studios.
“Superhero movies have now transcended [the point] where they’re no longer superhero movies per se; they are essentially genre movies,” Columbia Pictures President Sanford Panitch said. “It’s not so much that characters have a cape and fly. In Silver & Black, these two women are modern and cool. … They may wear costumes, but [they’re] very real and very grounded.”