Now that Marvel is producing the stand alone Spider-man features, Sony has decided to venture down the path of alternative Spider-Man properites. Last week Sony announced that Tom Hardy will star in a stand alone feature about Spider-man villain Venom. The news was positively received by fans and critics alike. This week Sony announced that they will continue to test the spin-off waters with two B (maybe C list) characters, Black Cat and Silver Sable. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news yesterday, that Black Cat and Silver Sable will get a feature film with a new director, Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood’s may not be a super hero fan favorite with her resume consisting of The Secret Life of Bees, and Love & Basketball. However, she has recently dipped her toe into the comic pool when directing the pilot episode of Cloak and Dagger. Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) and Lisa Joy (Westworld) are said to be working on the script and production is hoping to begin this fall.
Black Cat is an agile, whip toting, expert cat burglar who’s alias is
Selina Kyle Felicia Hardy. She made her fame in comic lore for fighting and flirting with Batman Spider-man as one of his more provocative foes. Black Cat has also battled with the reputation of being a ripoff of DC’s Catwoman (Selina Kyle) who has a similar occupation as well as a love/hate relationship with Batman. Black Cat was created by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 in 1979.
Silver Sable was a true product of the 80’s from her big hair to the unrealistic anatomy. Not shocking to any comic fan of the 80’s, she is a Mercenary that hunts down bad guys with her team, The Wild Pack. Believe it or not, she was not a product of Rob Liefeld, which explains the lack of pouches. Silver Sable first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 (June 1985) and was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. You can catch her in the current arc of The Amazing Spider-Man at your local store.
Though the characters are relatively unknown by moviegoers-and the director is newer to the genre-Sony hopes to mirror Marvel Studios’ success with lesser known heroes like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.