Sunday, October 17, 2021

Spike Lee Eyes Superhero Movie ‘Nightwatch’; DeWanda Wise Exits ‘Captain Marvel’

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Spike Lee and DeWanda Wise (Getty Images)
Spike Lee and DeWanda Wise (Getty Images)

*The creator of Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” and the show’s star are both making news in separate Marvel superhero projects for the big screen. While Spike Lee is reportedly in talks to direct a film based on the Marvel character “Nightwatch,” DeWanda Wise has reportedly exited Disney’s “Captain Marvel” movie.

Ironically, scheduling conflicts with “She’s Gotta Have It” are reportedly to blame for Wise bowing out of “Captain Marvel,” according to Deadline. The Netflix series based on Lee’s 1986 film and starring Wise as Nola Darling, was renewed for Season 2 in January, just as Wise joined the cast of the Marvel film.

“Captain Marvel” will center on Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Oscar winner Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who debuted in the Marvel comics in 1968 as a human companion to the original Captain Marvel. When her DNA was fused with that of an alien during an accident, the resulting alteration imbued her with the superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight.

No news yet on a replacement for Wise.

Meanwhile, Sony Pictures is eying Spike to helm “Nightwatch,” which Marvel first introduced in 1993 as the alter ego of African-American scientist Dr. Kevin Trench. The doc witnessed a costumed man die battling terrorists while armed with invisibility-generating cloaking devices. Trench then learned that the corpse was an older version of himself. He went on to steal the futuristic suit of armor to discover the origins of his alternate self. The superhero teamed up with Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deathlok, among other heroes, in the comic books.

A source told Variety that Lee’s involvement is in the early stages, but he could potentially helm a film from a script by “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.

The studio and Lee’s rep declined to comment.

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