Michael B. Jordan To Produce Warner Bros. And DC's 'Static Shock'

by Outsiders
October 17, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Michael B. Jordan is now attached to Warner Bros. and DC’s Static Shock as a producer. Jordan is joining Reginald Hudlin on the feature project that was first revealed during August's DC FanDome event and will produce via Outlier Society, his Warners-based banner.

“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” said Jordan. “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.”

The project centers on Static, who first appeared in 1993's Static no. 1 via Milestone Comics, a now-defunct company founded by Black writers and artists to help make comics a more inclusive space and which had distribution through DC.

A decade later the hero was revived for the Static Shock animated series, centering on Virgil Hawkins, a teenager who transforms into a superhero who gains electromagnetic powers after being exposed to strange gas. The hero made his way to the mainstream DC Comics universe in 2008.

DC is relaunching Milestone with Hudlin, now a partner in the label, at the center of it. He is writing an all-new Static Shock digital comic series beginning in Feb. 2021, as well as an additional Static Shock graphic novel by Hudlin, with art by Kyle Baker. A series reviving Icon and Rocket, by Hudlin and Milestone founder Denys Cowan, are also in the works.
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mako - 2020-10-18 @ 9:00 pm
1 hour ago, SpiderS said:

Yeah exactly, that's really heartbreaking to realize. I wonder what direction they gonna take, one that was close to original comic books or animted tv show

There's always hope, but I'm pretty sure we all know what direction this is going to take.

Belmont13 - 2020-10-18 @ 8:30 pm

Cool, I remember the show from my Saturday morning cartoons days.

SpiderS - 2020-10-18 @ 7:40 pm
19 hours ago, Satam said:

Sad that Dwayne McDuffie and Robert L. Washington III aren't alive for this. I'd like to think they'd be very much involved if they were.

Yeah exactly, that's really heartbreaking to realize. I wonder what direction they gonna take, one that was close to original comic books or animted tv show

mako - 2020-10-18 @ 3:12 pm

I never read the comic. Mostly I was just into the cartoon, especially the second season on. The show as a whole had its rough spots, but they actually managed to fix a couple things that turned me off the whole Dakota-verse originally.

Sadly, I don't see any of the 'toons better qualities carrying over to the movie.

ghostbogey - 2020-10-18 @ 10:49 am

Yeah....

I kind of remember this comic from 93....

This has my interest already. Will be waiting to see...

how the "Static" develops =^)

tycondrius24 - 2020-10-18 @ 5:05 am

this is interesting . hope it does well . though I hope the rumors who they where looking to cast are just that rumors as a while back I heard they where looking at Jayden smith to play Static and I was like no way that kid can't act ,there are so many other better actors out there .

mako - 2020-10-18 @ 2:13 am

Yes, that's the way to do it! DC has a rich collection of African-American characters, many of whom were created by African-American creators, to choose from. There really is no need for "black-facing" characters of other races.

Give me Static, give me Black Lightning (better than the TV series), give me Vixen, take another pass at Steel; these are great characters with great stories to tell. We don't need to paint Hawkman black. That's just demeaning to everybody.

silverback77346 - 2020-10-18 @ 1:01 am

Good news, now I better dig up my old collection of Static comics from the 90's and get the old scent back. I kind of let my comic book collection shut down once I became a full time action figure collector. 

Satam - 2020-10-18 @ 12:19 am

Sad that Dwayne McDuffie and Robert L. Washington III aren't alive for this. I'd like to think they'd be very much involved if they were.

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