A live-action Static Shock film was actually announced by Warner Bros. at last year’s DC FanDome.
Amid news that Warner Bros. is still looking for a Black Superman and a Black director for the next film in the series, some people are now asking that Warner Bros. focus on a live-action Static Shock movie instead.
The DC superhero was mentioned multiple times by people on Twitter voicing their dissatisfaction with a Black Superman film instead of focusing on films centered around Black DC superheroes.
Static Shock, Batwing, Malcom Duncan, Hot Spot, Black Lighting, Rocket, Bumblebee, Cyborg, Aqua lad, Green Lantern (J.S), Vixen….. D.C has black superheroes.
Let Superman be white, it’s fine. https://t.co/6uOTK7LzfD
— Lateef (@LateefSaka) May 6, 2021
WB is full of idiots.
There are plenty of options better than this like the actual black Superman, Val Zod. Static Shock or a John Stewart Green Lantern.
— Plathanos 🐝🇩🇴 #HIVESZN (@SavinTheBees) May 6, 2021
Like give us Static Shock damn 🙄 like we're really not pressed for a blk Superman https://t.co/PSwRao9txH
— 🌛yellow🌜 (@tashatuleehid) May 5, 2021
Well, turns out that a live-action Static Shock was actually announced at last year’s DC FanDome. The film will be produced by Michael B. Jordan, and although he is not starring as the titular superhero he could appear in a supporting role. Last month he offered an update on the movie, while also talking about how the Static Shock cartoon series inspired him as a kid. Per Collider:
Right now we have a writer, Randy McKinnon, who’s putting together take and a draft right now, really excited … I mean, again, as a kid growing up, watching Static Shock, it was something that inspired me. And had that type of representation at a young age, it was really important to me. And I know it would be important to a lot of other kids today. So to be able to adapt the live-action version of that, I’m really, really excited about. So no real timelines, and I guess no real updates or anything like that. But we’re in the process of building that out. And I can’t wait to have something more to tell you guys later.
In that same interview, Jordan also addressed rumors that he would be portraying Superman in the next film in the series, which will be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
“I mean, I’m flattered that I keep coming up in conversation in these rumors to play characters like that,” he said. “I mean, as you know, I’ve been rumored to play so many different characters over the years. I mean, at this point, it’s flattering, I’m humbled by it. And whoever ends up stepping into that role, it’s definitely one to look for.”
So, at least for now, it seemms that Jordan is more focused on bringing Static Shock to the big screen than possibly portraying Superman.
The animated Static Shock series made its debut in September 2000 as a part of Kids’ WB programming block. The show told the story of Virgil Hawkins, who gains electromagnetic powers after being exposed to a mutagen gas. The series is based on the Static comic book series.