On Friday, Anthony D’Alessandro of Deadline reported that Warner Bros. is developing a new Superman movie with Black Panther and Captain America writer Ta-Nehisi Coates writing the script and J.J. Abrams producing. The film is expected to be a reboot and not tied to the current Superman & Lois television series.
If you’re a comic fan, then you already know the script is in good hands. In addition to his award winning non-fiction work, Coates wrote an acclaimed run for Marvel’s Black Panther (including and Eisner Award Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and is currently knocking it out of the park on Captain America.
Coates expressed his excitement at getting to put his spin on the Man of Steel in a statement given to website Shadow and Act:
“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.”
For J.J. Abrams, this will be a bit of homecoming. Back in 2002, he wrote the script for another attempt at rebooting Superman entitled Superman: Flyby. In case that scratched a weird turn-of-the century memory itch for you, the film had a ton of people rumored to have tried on the suit for the role, including Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake.
Thankfully, that never came to pass.
There’s no word yet on who will play Superman, although Henry Cavil has not be ruled out. We obviously don’t know any plot details at this point either, but it should be all types of fun to watch the story’s development with the incredible creative minds of Coates and Abrams guiding Kal-El’s newest big screen journey.
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