Remember a few days ago when I wondered how likely Warner Bros. was in moving ahead with those rumored plans of a film featuring a black Superman after the announcement of a Latina Supergirl? Maybe they get a lot more traction now with the news that Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the latest Superman reboot with J.J. Abrams producing.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates said in a statement. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates has done some acclaimed runs on Black Panther and Captain America, but this would be his first major work for DC Comics.
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“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,” Abrams said in a statement.
One thing various Hollywood trades, including Shadow and Act who got the exclusive, couldn’t confirm is whether current(?) Superman Henry Cavill will be part of the project. Cavill has repeatedly stated that he’s not ready to hang up the cape just yet so it’s possible he could star in this soft reboot a la James Gunn’s Suicide Squad.
And given the fluid state of the DC film universe there’s a chance this Superman movie might exist in another world like the case with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker film.
One fan cast suggestion that seems amazingly spot-on, end the discussion is Eli Goree from One Night in Miami. He played Cassius Clay in the film and has the build and showed layers in his performance of one of the most charismatic figures in sports history to definitely warrant a look.
What do you think of this news and Coates taking his crack at Superman?