‘Marvel’ or ‘Star Wars’: Which Alum Will Become The New Black Superman?
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no! It’s the first black Superman making his way to the big screen!
Amid a chorus of “it’s about time,” J. J. Abrams has been selected to bring a new Superman story to theaters. Although many have criticized his treatment of rebooting the “Star Wars” franchise, Abrams has selected acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the screenplay while the film is co-produced under his company, Bad Robot.
Although he’s never written for the big screen, Coates has earned esteem from fans, writing the comic relaunch of “Black Panther” in 2016 and “Captain America” from 2018-2020.
But who is starring in the screenplay is just as exciting as who is writing it, and several names have been floated as to who will be the first black actor to step into the legendary superhero suit.
John Boyega starred in the last three “Star Wars” films as Finn, the stormtrooper-turned-rebel. Although he has been vocal about criticizing Disney’s treatment of black characters and his reduced role throughout all three films, he defended Abrams amidst “Rise of Skywalker” criticism, saying, “Everybody needs to leave my boy alone.”
Abrams first became aware of Boyega’s acting chops in 2011’s “Attack the Block” and invited him to audition. Although there were many other contenders for the role, including Zac Efron and Miles Teller, Abrams ultimately went with Boyega after a lengthy seven-month audition process.
Although Boyega clearly wasn’t happy with the way Finn was treated, perhaps he’ll give working with Abrams a second chance?
Michael B. Jordan
In 2018, Warner Bros.’s parent company, WarnerMedia, announced that it was partnering with Jordan to create a new diversity and inclusion initiative, with the goal to create more opportunities for underrepresented groups for all of WarnerMedia’s platforms, including HBO.
Although fans have expressed interest in what Jordan’s Superman might look like, Jordan himself seems a bit reluctant to take on the titular character of Clark Kent.
In 2019, Jordan went on record saying, “I hate being a businessman and understanding both sides of the situation. There is a huge upside to it, but being under that microscope, being picked apart and compared to so many different versions of Superman…I would rather do something original. I’ll be Calvin Ellis.”
Who Is Calvin Ellis?
Fans of the “Superman” comic franchise might remember that there is already a black Superman that exists: Superman from earth 23.
Considering Coates’ comic book writing experience, it’s possible that the new “Superman” film franchise will abandon Clark Kent in favor of pursuing a new direction.
Although the reboot is just entering development, Abrams recently shared that “there is a new powerful, and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity.”