Sony's 'Silver Sable and Black Cat' Movie Gets a Director

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 3:25PM
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Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 3:25PM
Sony's 'Silver Sable and Black Cat' Movie Gets a Director
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Sony may have given over Spider-Man to Marvel Studios for the time being (they might take him back when that contract expires), but they haven't given up on Spider-Man's villains. A solo Venom film is their next project in their non-Spidey cinematic universe, but Silver Sable and Black Cat is next, and the project is coming together.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Gina Prince-Bythewood is onboard to direct the film, which is currently going by the title Silver and Black. Prince-Bythewood, who's directed Beyond the Lights and The Secret Life of Bees, is now the first woman of color to direct a superhero movie - while the film doesn't have a release date and is unlikely to come out in 2018, none of the other major studios have similar projects in the works. 

It's not clear whether Silver and Black is just a working title or whether that's final. While being less of a mouthful than Silver Sable and Black Cat, it may also indicate that Sony doesn't trust the public to know who the two villains/anti-heroes are. To be fair, Silver Sable is a rather obscure character compared to certain goblin and octopus-related Spider-Man villains, with Black Cat being a slightly more common face who's appeared in various Spidey cartoons over the years.

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Black Cat is a skilled cat burglar who's more amoral than evil, and has a history of teaming up with (and flirting with) Spider-Man to take down more explicitly evil villains - if you're unfamiliar with her, she's honestly not that different from Catwoman over at DC. Had Amazing Spider-Man 2 not destroyed Sony's previous attempts at a Spider-Man franchise, the Black Cat role would likely go to Rogue One's Felicity Jones, who had a brief cameo as her alter-ego "Felicia Hardy" in the film.

Silver Sable is a similarly amoral-not-evil mercenary from the fictional Eastern-European nation of Symkaria, not far from Marvel's other fake countries Latveria and Sokovia. There's a few directions the film could take with a mercenary and burglar at the front of the film, but considering we have no idea what Tom Hardy's Venom will even be doing, it's tough to tell this early on. It will probably be R-rated though, as Sony's been pushing that angle ever since the Venom announcement.

Venom is scheduled to come out October 5, 2018, so expect to see Silver Sable and Black Cat sometime in 2019. 

Via: Variety
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