It looks like Henry Cavill might be hanging-up the red cape. Word is out that Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script for a new reboot of Superman, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film ‘is being set up as a Black Superman story’ and be a whole new take on the iconic DC Comics character.
Apparently Michael B. Jordan tried to develop a Superman film at Warner Bros. a few years ago but the project failed to materialise. Might he now get a shot at the role with this new film?
Ta-Nehisi Coates has written the books We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, The Beautiful Struggle, The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me – and also penned comic book runs for Black Panther and Captain America. In a statement to Shadow And Act, the writer said
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Cavill never really got to delve into Superman/Clark Kent in a meaningful way. His turn Man Of Steel was a good origin story for the character but he then played opposite Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight in Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and was mainly sidelined in 2017’s Justice League (although he might get more screen-time in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming retool). However, a Man Of Steel 2 would have have been a good way for Cavill to develop the character.
However, this could also be an ‘Elseworlds’ scenario where Henry Cavill‘s Man Of Steel co-exists side-by-side with this new take on Superman – similar to what happened with Todd Phillips’ Joker, Matt Reeves’ The Batman and Snyder’s so-called DCEU.
This news is intriguing and it has the potential to take the character in a fresh and exciting new arena – but it’s something which might annoy comic book purists.
Keep reading Movies In Focus to see what happens with Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams new take on Superman.