Ancient Egypt will be the core focus for not just one, but two superhero projects of 2022. From Dwayne Johnson's upcoming DC Film Black Adam, to Oscar Isaac's new Marvel series, Moon Knight, Egypt will be one of the primary elements for both projects. With both projects set to focus on Egypt, Moon Knight director takes a shot at DC's Black Adam for lacking Egyptian Representation.
Commendations for the upcoming Moon Knight as the MCU series features Egyptian talents and production staff even behind the camera, led by director Mohamed Diab. The Egyptian theme for Moon Knight was already known even before the series was announced because Moon Knight is originally affiliated in the comics with the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu, who will also make his debut in the Marvel series and will be Marc Spector's source of power.
Early critics reviews have praised Diab for his Egyptian influence over Moon Knight, and how the director's Egyptian culture and heritage come into play for Isaac's Egyptian-based character.
However, in an interview with Filfan, Moon Knight director Mohamed Diab criticized Warner Bros. for the lack of Egyptian representation in the upcoming Black Adam movie. Speaking about his work for Moon Knight, Diab explained, “I wanted to showcase Egyptian talents as much as I could. Every culture should be represented by its people so I hired actors, an editor, a costume designer, an art director & a composer who are all Egyptian.”
Director Mohamed Diab then expressed his annoyance over DC's upcoming film, Black Adam over its lack of Egyptian representation, "in a fictional middle eastern country." The director expressed, “I was really annoyed with DC when they set Black Adam in a fictional middle eastern country as an excuse to cast non-Egyptians, when it was obviously meant to be in Egypt. Representation opportunities shouldn’t be wasted... But it’s not a full mistake since it’s based on an iteration of the comics that doesn’t mention Egypt.”
Representation is becoming a relevant element not just for superhero films, but for any genre. With director Mohamed Diab's Moon Knight, it was a golden opportunity for the director to include his culture for the upcoming series. However, his disappointments over Black Adam may cause a massive backlash for the film, as its story is coming from the same culture.
Moon Knight will premiere in Disney+ on March 30, and Black Adam will hit the big screens on October 21.