Just days after Black Panther hit U.S. theaters, former first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a glowing review of the record-breaking Marvel film, specifically praising its presentation of black role models.
“Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen,” she wrote. “I loved this movie, and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”
However, some took issue with Obama’s tweet, claiming she had dismissed the other black superheroes who came before Black Panther. One Twitter user specifically questioned why Halle Berry’s 2004 Catwoman film didn’t receive the same kind of praise as Ryan Coogler’s hit project:
Well, one of Catwoman’s original screenwriters has the answer: “It was a shit movie.”
John Rogers, who wrote the Catwoman screenplay alongside John Brancato and Michael Ferris, tweeted that the film had a complete lack of cultural relevance, unlike Black Panther. He also admitted that he was ultimately fired from the film and had never watched it in its entirety.
“Full disclosure: I was fired off the movie after writing the green light draft because I kept arguing with notes that’d make the movie ‘very, very bad,’ he tweeted, “which I said out loud. At meetings.”
Catwoman has been widely credited with ending Berry’s acting career. Several years after she had won an Oscar for 2002’s Monster’s Ball, the actress had accepted a Razzie award for her role as the titular character in Catwoman.
“First of all, I want to thank Warner Bros., for putting me in a godawful piece of shit movie,” she said while accepting the Razzie for Worst Actress. “[…] a lesson learned, and I hope to God I never have to see these people again.”