“There’s this really idiotic belief that women don’t have the desire to do these kind of films,” said Gina Prince-Bythewood to a captivated audience at Comic-Con. “These kinds of films” being superhero franchises.
Prince-Blythewood had assembled along with directors Tina Mabry (“Dear White People”), Rosemary Rodriguez (“Jessica Jones”), Victoria Mahoney (“Gypsy”), Aurora Guerrero (“Queen Sugar”) and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”) as well as Women in Film L.A. executive director Kirsten Schaffer for the “Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television” panel on Saturday.
But before you pack away your cape for the next convention, let’s take a minute and reflect on the great moments that can happen only at this gigantic festival of pop culture. Did you catch Wonder Woman using her powers for love? Or Jason Momoa telling everyone Superman is dead? Or how about the resurrection of what is arguably the greatest science-fiction series in the universe, “Stargate?”
Here are the can’t-miss moments from Comic-Con 2017:
From "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Stranger Things " to "Preacher" and "Supergirl," all of your favorite film and television stars stopped by the 2017 L.A. Times studio at Comic-Con to have a little boomerang fun.
The traditional CW block of Comic-Con panels added a new show this year. "Black Lightning" joined "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash" and "Arrow" for a three-plus-hour extravaganza touting the network's super-heroic TV slate.
The new kid on the block, "Black Lightning" brought a level of social awareness to the proceedings that most of the fantastical other shows didn't particularly touch on (this year, at least). The show is grounded in family and community, specifically black families and black communities, and according to the showrunners it will not shy away from addressing the concerns that are current.
"Yes there's a problem with police brutality and we will get into that. There's also a problem with us killing each other," said Salim Akil, one of the executive producers of the series alongside Mara Brock Akil. They were joined on the panel by lead actor Cress Williams, who plays the titular character, and his TV daughters China Anne McClain (playing Jennifer Pierce) and Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce), and his TV ex-wife Christine Adams (Lynn Pierce).