A new “Superman” movie is in development at Warner Bros. with Ta-Nehisi Coates writing the script and J.J. Abrams producing the project….
“Superman” will soon fly again.
A new take on the Man of Steel is currently in the works at Warner Bros. with Ta-Nehisi Coates on board to pen the script with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot studio producing the project.
While details surrounding the plans for the new “Superman” movie are rather secretive, a report from The Hollywood Reporter says Coates will be writing a script for a Black actor in the lead role.
There have been rumors for years that Warner Bros. was interested in exploring a Superman story with a Black actor starring in the lead role. For some time, Michael B. Jordan was even rumored as the leading choice to play the part but the project never came together until now.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates said in a statement to Shadow and Act. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is a very successful author after writing several critically acclaimed books including “Between the World and Me,” which was eventually adapted into an 80-minute documentary special on HBO. In addition to his books, Coates has also penned several comics over the years including work on “Black Panther,” which was one of the highest selling books at Marvel at the time.
Coates’ contributions at Marvel earned him a special thanks in the credits of several films including “Avengers: Endgame,” which went onto become the highest selling movie in history.
Of course, Superman has been one of the highest priority projects at Warner Bros for several decades after the success of the original series of films starting with Richard Donner’s 1978 classic “Superman” starring Christopher Reeves.
In more recent years, Henry Cavill portrayed Superman in “Man of Steel” as well as “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”
Coates will be developing the script with Abrams producing but obviously a director has not yet been chosen for the project.