J.J Abrams is back aboard a Krypton baby-pod.
The “Mission : Impossible” alum, who was briefly attached to direct a “Superman” reboot in the Bush-era, has inked a deal to produce an oft-rumored reboot for DC and WB.
While Henry Cavill -the star of the Zack Snyder series of “Superman” flicks- is keen to don the cape, he might be out – this new take, whispered to be a complete do-over, will reportedly feature a black superman. Michael B.Jordan was developing such a project a while back; a few suggest this is the same incarnation.
According to Deadline, Abrams is producing the film, with author and ”Black Panther” comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the script.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates told Shadow and Act. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
“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,” J.J. Abrams said in a statement.
“Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” added Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
THR’s Borys Kit followed up with, “Will audiences be introduced to a Black Superman? That is the intent and something that the studio has been trying to find a way in for months if not a year or two, according to sources.”
Abrams’ first attempt at resuscitating Kal-El was a flick that was in development under “Superman Flyby”.
Here’s how Fandom described the plot of Abrams’ script: [Flyby] was an origin story that included Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor. Before Kata-Zor sentences Jor-El to prison, Kal-El is launched to Earth to fulfill a prophecy. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he forms a romance with Lois Lane in the Daily Planet. However, Lois is more concerned with exposing Lex Luthor, written as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Clark reveals himself to the world as Superman, bringing Kata-Zor’s son, Ty-Zor, and three other Kryptonians to Earth. Superman is defeated and killed, and visits Jor-El (who committed suicide on Krypton while in prison) in Kryptonian heaven. Resurrected, he returns to Earth and defeats the four Kryptonians, while the script ends with Superman off to Krypton, leaving a cliffhanger for a sequel.