“The story that people are going to see in our films is not about aliens attacking the earth because that’s not our problem. Hollywood is going to deal with that,” Anwar tells AFP.
“We’re dealing with our country’s oppressors and their super powers will come from our mythology,” adds the 44-year-old, explaining his twin passions growing up were films and Indonesian comic heroes.
The success of “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel”, which both grossed more than $1 billion worldwide as well as “Wonder Woman”, which made more than $800 million, has pushed US studios to search for more diverse stories and characters to reflect audience demand.
The former featured a predominantly black cast, was directed by African-American Ryan Coogler and tackled the battle for a fictional African kingdom, while the latter two star female superheroes leads, which is rare.
Marvel are now making their first Chinese superhero movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” based on a character that first appeared in 1973.