We’ve had When They See Us, Selma, A Wrinkle In Time, Queen Sugar, and now, Emmy winning American director and screenwriter is yet again, changing the narrative, paving way for inclusion and diversity, by yes, you can bet on it – bringing another hit to screens!
On Monday, DuVernay took to Twitter to dish on the inspiration behind her new CW series Naomi
“I was asked why I’m doing a show on the CW about a Black girl learning that she’s actually a superhero,” DuVernay tweeted.
“Because I want there to be a show about a Black girl learning that she’s actually a superhero. And then being a great one.”
The character, created in 2019 by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell is the latest addition to the channel’s superhero lineup.
Explaining further, the famed director noted how “proud” she is of her new show that premiered on Tuesday.
“I want this to be an autonomous story about Naomi,” DuVernay told Variety. “One of the things I really wanted was for her to live in her own universe.”
“We call it the ‘Naomi-verse.’ And she’s not tethered to and she does not have to speak to the other stories that are going on now. It would just be too complicated, taking on too much legacy of the other shows, and doesn’t give the character the freedom to live her own life.”
The show follows a teenage girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi (Kaci Walfall) sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.
The show stars Kaci Walfall as Naomi, Camila Moreno as Lourdes, Daniel Puig as Nathan and Will Myers as Anthony.
When the series kicks off, Naomi is unaware that she has any powers to speak of. But as the first two episodes unravel, she learns about her abilities gradually. This helped Walfall ease into becoming a teen superhero.
Duvernay is the first black woman to win the award for best dramatic director at Sundance, the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for director, the first black female director to direct a film with a budget of $100m many thanks to fantasy adventure A Wrinkle in Time.