J.J. Abrams has enlisted Ta-Nehisi Coates to reboot the franchise.
On Friday, Shadow and Act reported that Ta-Nehisi Coates is in the process of writing a reboot of the Superman franchise. The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella. Rumors swirled on Twitter that Michael B. Jordan–who previously met with Warner Bros. about rebooting the franchise–would play the Man of Steel. However at this time, no plot details have been revealed yet. As of now, it’s safe to assume Henry Cavill will wear the cape again.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates in a statement to Shadow and Act. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates has now worked on both sides of the Marvel/DC divide. He’s written issues of Black Panther and Captain America, receiving ‘thank you’ credits in Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame, and Black Panther. He’s also in the process of writing Wrong Answer, a drama about an Atlanta teacher looking to raise funds for his schools by altering test scores.
“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,” Abrams said in a statement. “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.”
Abrams closed on a half-billion dollar deal with WarnerMedia in September 2019.
“Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” added Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
Stay tuned for further updates on the Superman reboot.