Warner Bros, DC, to pick Black director for Black Superman movie [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Warner Bros and DC are poised to get a Black director to film the upcoming Black Superman movie.
  • Author Ta-Nehisi Coates is the movie’s writer.
  • The director and actor for the Superman role are still being finalized.

In an upcoming Black Superman movie, Warner Bros. and DC are planning to pick a Black director that would be fitting for the film in a bid to embrace diversity and racial impartiality in Hollywood.

Story writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the screenplay and JJ Abrams is set to become the film’s executive producer. The companies, however, were not eyeing Abrams since he is not fit in their given qualification.

Per a DC insider who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the much awaited Black Superman movie would be “tone-deaf” if Abrams will direct the film.

According to THR, Coates is “crafting a Kal-El in the vein of the original Superman comics and will have the protagonist hail from Krypton and come to Earth. While the story is currently being crafted and many details could change, one option under consideration is for the film to be a 20th century period piece.”

The movie script is anticipated to be finished by December. For fanatics, the film would likely focus on ‘Calvin Ellis,’ another version of Superman. Ellis, who grew up in a poor community and made his way towards becoming the US President, was first launched in Final Crisis #7 in 2008. 

Ever since the film was announced, talks emerged that actor Michael B. Jordan would be the perfect fit to become the Black Superman. Jordan, however, said that he was not keen on getting the role.

“I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation,” Jordan told THR last month. “It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.”

Per THR, potential directors that could lead the film would be the following: Barry Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Steven Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King, and Shaka King.

Speaking with THR last month, Jordan lauded the production company’s hiring of Ta-Nehisi.

“It’s smart of DC to grab Ta-Nehisi to go ahead and adapt that project,” adding that “he [Ta-Nehisi] is incredibly talented. It’s going to be worth checking out.”

Source: Yahoo News

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