Culture

‘Static Shock’ Artist Gives Update On Live-Action Film Following Warner Bros. Discovery Merger

Static Shock illustrator Nikolas Draper-Ivey has assured fans that a live-action film of the DC Comics series is still happening.

A Static Shock film is still in the works, according to Nikolas Draper-Ivey, illustrator and co-writer of the DC Comics hero. Following news of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger that occurred a couple months back, it seemed as if DC-related projects were left hanging in the balance, especially after it was revealed that Warner Bros. had scrapped its $90 million Batgirl movie. Fortunately, it seems that Static Shock will be alright.

Last week, Draper-Ivey went to Twitter to clear up all rumors, saying: “Stop speculating about the Static movie. Don’t worry about those articles and be patient. I will not elaborate on this any further.”

Although it’s unknown if the live-action film will have a theatrical release or be streamed on HBO Max via Warner Bros. Discovery, the announcement for a film centering Static dates back to 2020. That year, it was publicized at DC Fandom 2020 that Reginald Hudlin, along with Milestone Media’s Denys Cowan and Michael Davis, would be teaming up for the film. Under his Outlier Society production banner, Michael B. Jordan also joined production efforts, while Randy McKinnon would write the screenplay.

According to previous reports, the film will follow 15-year-old Virgil Hawkins’ rise to becoming his electromagnetic superhero alter-ego, gaining powers after being doused with an experimental chemical. Two years after its DC Fandom 2020 announcement, there have been no updates on Static Shock progress. The final DC Extended Universe movie set to release this year is Black Adam in October, with a number of movies set to be released next year, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

Share
Published by
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Recent Posts

The Origin Of Woke: How Erykah Badu And Georgia Anne Muldrow Sparked The “Stay Woke” Era

In the second installment of the "Origin of Woke" series, Elijah Watson highlights Georgia Anne… Read More

December 6, 2022

Duke Deuce Resurrected Crunk. Now He’s Trying to Keep the Sound of Memphis Rap Alive

Okayplayer spoke to Duke Deuce about falling in love with Linkin Park and Korn, Memphis… Read More

December 6, 2022

One of the Biggest Critics of “Woke” was Forced to Define What the Word Actually Means — Here’s What Was Said

Officials representing Florida governor Ron DeSantis tried to define what "woke" meant to them, and… Read More

December 6, 2022

The Origin Of Woke: William Melvin Kelley Is The ‘Woke’ Godfather We Never Acknowledged

Woke is ubiquitous now, used to describe everything from films to chefs.In the first of… Read More

December 6, 2022

Sasha Baron Cohen Goes After Kanye West in ‘Borat’ Skit

During the 2022 Kennedy Center Honors, Sasha Baron Cohen's character of Borat took the stage,… Read More

December 6, 2022

Kanye West Says Jewish People Should “Forgive Hitler” In Discussion with Proud Boys Founder

During a conversation on Censored.TV, Kanye West talked with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes about… Read More

December 6, 2022