Although Regina King began with supporting roles in comedy films, the actress has a long history where she has made clear her interest in addressing issues of racism and relevant African-American figures in the history of the United States. Luckily, in recent years her name has become popular and in large part it has to do with the fact that she herself began to take the wheel of her projects. Thanks to the Seven Seconds series and your participation in Si la Colonia Hablara – 87%, King caught the attention of executives and big awards.
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Last year she was expected to be one of the Oscar nominees for her work as a director on One Night in Miami – 95%, who received very good comments from both specialized critics and the general public. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and although King will follow a path that will lead to many accolades, she prioritizes stories that can serve the public. In that sense, Watchmen – 80% is, perhaps, his most relevant work so far, as it relied on an existing canon with a large following and that has a clear political background and context.
For many, the Watchmen movie, The Watchers – 65%, directed by Zack Snyder, is their only approach to this extraordinary story, but others got to it first with Alan Moore’s graphic novel. In fact, those who have only seen the film consider it to be one of the best superhero titles, while comic book fans see it as a minor adaptation that fails to capture the philosophical and social part of the plot because it is more concerned with copy the aesthetics of the pages. Therefore, when the series of Watchmen became known it was hoped that, although it was not based on the original work, it would take these themes and make them evolve.
With Regina king playing Angela Abar / Sister Night, the path of the sequel made series was marked. The political is definitely there, but this time the focus would be on racism in the United States, which in recent years has seen the number of deaths of black people at the hands of white police grow. This decision won over the critics, but the audience expected to stick with the characters in the graphic novel and with the same story, so they had serious trouble getting involved. The idea was developed by Damon Lindelof, but King’s support was really significant.
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Regina king spoke to Vanity Fair about his long career and when he got to Watchmen he had to admit that it was the project he was looking for to address the issue of racism on screen:
My sister and I have a production company and we had been talking for a long time about making a story, a movie, about Black Wall Street.
Luckily for King, Damon Lindelof the pilot had already written:
I started reading the script and closed it after 4 pages because I thought, “Is he doing Black Wall Street?” They gave me the chills. And I was like, “What is this? What’s going on?” In just 65 pages, Damon and his writing team managed to mix the genres and it worked, and I was interested. I called Damon and said, “More please. I need to know more. “
The actress considers that the screenwriter knew how to take advantage of the canon of the graphic novel very well:
There was something really powerful about Damon. Being able to take the original material, use it as canon, use a great construction of the world, real things from the real world, that are happening in our time that reflect what was happening when it was originally written, and push the story into that space.
Black Wall Street is known as the racist massacre that happened in Tulsa between May 31 and June 1, 1921, where white supremacists, supported by officers who gave them weapons, murdered black civilians and burned their houses. To date, the exact number of victims is not known, but this moment is one of the most important pieces in black history, although few people know it. The first episode of Watchmen It opens with this moment and when it was released many believed that it was something fictitious. In fact, several personalities appreciated that the series placed an emphasis on such a tragic incident so that people were more educated about racism in the country.
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