John Singleton Talks Luke Cage, Black Panther

I’m really curious to see what John Singleton can do with a comic book movie. Why? Because you just don’t connect “comic book movie” with the guy who did “Boyz in the Hood”, but Singleton has shown a refreshingly willingness to go for flash when the project calls for it, ala “2 Fast 2 Furious”. And a combination of comic book action and grit is something Singleton is very capable of (see “Four Brothers”). But it doesn’t look like “Luke Cage” will get made very soon, because Singleton is already hyping up possibly helming “Black Panther” as his first comic book movie. Yes, he would like to do both.


What’s going with ‘Luke Cage’? Seems that this is a never ending subject, especially since San Diego Comic Con is happening this week.

John Singleton: There is a race to see if I’m going to do ‘Luke Cage’ first or ‘Black Panther’. I really wanted to do both of those pictures. I’ve always been a fan of Marvel comics, so it depends. I can do ‘Cage’ or ‘Black Panther’. I’ve just been approached about doing ‘Black Panther’.

What’s the holdup with ‘Luke Cage’? Is there even a script in place?

JS: There’s scripts on it. Hollywood has a very limiting view on what makes a pop culture picture. If you put a black face on it, they think it’s black thing; but yet we have all these movies that have come up and whenever they any black people in it, they make all this money. That’s the thing that’s holding ‘Luke Cage’ up. They think it’s a small superhero movie. It’s not going to be a small stupid movie like ‘Meteor Man’. I’m trying to make ‘Luke Cage’.

So there you go. I hope he gets to make both, but I would prefer “Luke Cage” over “Black Panther”. The Panther has never been a very interesting character to me, the whole African King motif doesn’t strike me as fertile ground for comic book action.

Go for Luke Cage first, John. I mean, come ON, the clothes alone would be a riot. And while he’s at it, he should definitely throw in the Immortal Iron Fist…

John Singleton Talks Luke Cage, Black Panther