Reginald Hudlin revealed the movie adaptation of the DC comic Static Shock during August’s DC FanDome event. Now, catapulting the project back into the spotlight is the announcement that Michael B. Jordan will be coming on board as a producer.
The Black Panther star will be producing via Outlier Society, his Warners-based banner. The new project will find its story in Static, a teen superhero with electromagnetic powers who first appeared in 1993’s Static no. 1 via Milestone Comics. Moreover, the animated series Static Shock aired on Kids’ WB back in the early 2000s. It was among the few superhero series starring a Black character.
Milestone Comics made distributions through DC and was first founded by Black writers and artists to encourage a more inclusive space in comics. The defunct company is seeing a revival from DC through Hudlin. Hudlin is also writing an all-new Static Shock digital comic series beginning in February 2021 with art by Kyle Baker.
“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centred around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “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.”
Michael B. Jordan previously starred alongside Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther as Erik Killmonger. He is also known for his role as the boxer Adonis Creed in Creed and Creed II. He recently starred and produced the legal drama Just Mercy and Without Remorse.