Rumors that Ava DuVernay was going to direct the Black Panther for Marvel were partially true. The Selma director had talks with the studio and even went so far as meeting with the writers to discuss the story and sat down with star Chadwick Boseman. But after all of that, DuVernay decided to pass.
I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn't see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.
Thought they disagreed on how the story should go, DuVernay was still impressed by the studio:
Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.
Though she is not helming the film, she is in full support of it being made:
I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.