Michael B Jordan is producing a Black Superman project
Michael B Jordan is reportedly developing his own Black Superman project for HBO Max. According to a recent report, Jordan's production house Outlier Society has already hired a writer to work on the script. While it is not known whether the project will be a series or a movie, sources suggest, for now, the endeavor is being written as a limited series. Here's more.
A Collider report suggests the Creed actor is confirmed to produce the project but nothing can be said about him leading the series. Notably, the upcoming work will focus on the Val-Zod incarnation of Superman. This development is in addition to the JJ Abrams-produced reboot of the DC superhero. As reported earlier, the Star Trek director has roped in Ta-Nehisi Coates as the writer.
Interestingly, Abrams is also producing a Black Superman for Warner Bros., and the story will follow the Kal-El/Clark Kent version of the Man of Steel. Although Kent is typically portrayed as white in the comics, the upcoming work aims to rebrand the character. Rumors were rife about Jordan leading this project, too, but the actor shot them down. And, now we might guess why.
"I appreciate people that think about me in that type of way for these roles," the Black Panther star had said, adding, "I don't really have anything more to kind of give on that, other than it's just flattering and I appreciate it."
Jordan developing a separate Superman arc, based on an actual Black version of the character, might be the reason why he removed himself from the "racebending" Kal-El project. Also, it doesn't make sense for Warner Bros. to change the race of a character and present the rehashed version onscreen when Black Supermen (Calvin Ellis and Val-Zod) already exist.
Now to give a backgrounder, Val-Zod is the second person to use the mantle of Superman. One of the last Kryptonians of his universe, his storyline is quite similar to Clark Kent's upbringing. Calvin Ellis, on the other hand, is a president of the United States along with being the Superman on his Earth. Now let's see how the base material gets utilized.