The next time you see Superman on your screen, chances are he’ll be a black man.
Warner Bros., DC Comics and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company are planning a reboot feature film.
And according to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is being set up as a black Superman story.
The “Superman” comic book series has previously featured a black title character, whose incognito name is Calvin Ellis (as opposed to Clark Kent).
Renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot will produce. No director has yet been identified for the project.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates in a statement to Shadow and Act. ” look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
And Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan is being tapped as the person for the role. In 2019, he responded to rumours about possibly playing Superman in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“It’s flattering … very humbling,” he said, adding that he worried taking on the role would mean “being picked apart and compared to so many different versions of Superman.”