Warner Bros., DC to pick Black director for Black Superman film

Warner Bros., DC to select Black director for Black Superman movie

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the screenplay for the upcoming movie

JJ Abrams is about to govt produce the long-awaited Black Superman film however he’s not being thought-about to helm the venture as a result of Warner Bros. and DC are dedicated to hiring a Black director.

A DC insider informed The Hollywood Reporter that having Abrams direct can be “tone-deaf,” most particularly amid the continued dialog about variety and inclusion in Hollywood.

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It was beforehand introduced that creator Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the screenplay for the upcoming movie. Per 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 outlet writes.

Coates is anticipated to ship his Superman script in mid-December. DC followers consider the movie will heart on Calvin Ellis, who debuted in 2008’s Last Disaster #7. Ellis grows up poor within the inner-city and ultimately turns into President of the USA. Because the Black Superman venture was introduced, Michael B. Jordan’s identify typically comes up as an ideal option to play Ellis — however The Black Panther star has made clear that he isn’t within the function.

“I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation,” Jordan informed The Hollywood Reporter in April whereas selling his Amazon Prime movie Tom Clancy’s With out Regret. “It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.”

Abram’s Black Superman movie gained’t be a part of the universe with Henry Cavill, who has performed Superman for over a decade. Among the many potential candidates being thought-about to direct the movie, per THR, are Barry Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Steven Caple Jr., J.D. Dillard, Regina King, and Shaka King. Jordan informed the publication that “it’s smart of DC to grab Ta-Nehisi to go ahead and adapt that project.”

“He’s incredibly talented. It’s going to be worth checking out,” he added.

In the meantime, Marvel Studios is at present looking for a Black director to helm its reboot of Blade. In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, “some potential directors have met with both studios for both films, even as one agent said the process was ‘phenomenally early.’”

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As theGRIO beforehand reported, Mahershala Ali has been tapped to play Blade within the much-anticipated reboot of the supernatural film franchise.


The unique Blade franchise, which was primarily based on a personality from the Marvel Universe, starred Wesley Snipes. The film, which facilities on a half-human/half-vampire that hunts the undead, was first launched in 1998 adopted by two spin-offs Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004.

In accordance with IndieWire, solely Black writers had been “seriously considered” to work on the movie, with Osei-Kuffour turning into Marvel Studios’ first Black feminine author on a function. Blade will begin filming in July 2022.

In associated information, Nia DaCosta is about to change into the studio’s first Black lady director, as she has been tapped to direct the Captain Marvel sequel titled The Marvels.

*Megan Sims contributed to this report.

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