If there’s one film ready to burst through boundaries, it’s Fast Color. The new take on the superhero genre stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ruth, a young mother fleeing those looking to take advantage of her superpowers. Along with her mother Bo (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter Lila (Saniyya Sidney), the trio of stars lead this completely innovative take on an often hackneyed genre. Director Julia Hart is throwing the rule book out the window.
“I have always loved the [superhero] genre, but definitely always felt left out of it,” Hart told SYFY. “I think a lot of us have until recently. I like to tell genre stories that are grounded, focused on character, where the genre stuff is kind of a backdrop. But it wasn’t until I became a parent that I really started to understand the version of the story that I would want to tell in this genre… I realized I had never seen a movie where a mother was actually a superhero as opposed to metaphorically. So that was definitely the germ of the idea to explore both the literal application of it and the metaphor.”
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Fast Color is something totally different — that fans have been longing for. Hart brings an important point of view to the superhero genre and to filmmaking more generally. And she’s showing no signs of stopping. “I do think that white filmmakers and storytellers would greatly benefit from — in terms of like their own souls — expanding their vision of the world,” she said. “Because the world is so much bigger and so much more colorful than we are.”