We Finally Might Be Getting a Black Superman
Will Michael B. Jordan be the Man of Steel in a new reboot from Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams?
Published Feb 26, 2021Superman is once again set for a reboot — but this time it's coming from author Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams. And while nothing is certain at this point, this may mark the first time we get a Black Superman.
Today it was confirmed that a new Superman film would be coming from Abrams' Bad Robot, with Coates on deck to write the script.
So far, details are insanely thin, but many industry insiders are under the impression that the studio will use the project to introduce a Black Superman. As The Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit put it, the studio is "intent" on having a Black Superman, and it has been trying to land Michael B. Jordan in the lead role since as far back as 2019.
The idea of Jordan starring as Superman also makes sense considering Coates did the screenplay for Black Panther director Ryan Coogler's upcoming feature Wrong Answer., which stars Jordan.
Will audiences be introduced to a Black Superman? That is the intent and something that the studio has been trying to find a way in for months if not a year or two, according to sources. https://t.co/X8RTtSJ7EK— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) February 26, 2021
"To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honour," Coates told Shadow and Act. "I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America's most iconic mythic hero."
Abrams added: "There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we're beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity."
For the unfamiliar, Coates has worked as the national correspondent for The Atlantic, diving deep into cultural, social and political issues, especially those involving African Americans and the ongoing battle with white supremacy. Over the years, he's published a series of acclaimed non-fiction books, including The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, and We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.
He's also been involved with the MCU, writing both Captain American and Black Panther comics for Marvel. Plus, Coates got special thanks credit on Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther.
So far it's too early to say how the new Superman movie will pan out but consider us intrigued.