Michael B. Jordan has added another big project to his already busy slate. The actor confirmed his involvement with the Warner Bros. superhero project Static Shock with a single tweet. His involvement had been previously rumoured by comic book writer Reginald Hudlin, who is set to write a Static Shock digital comics series beginning February 2021, and is also working on this movie.
— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) October 17, 2020
Jordan also elaborated on his involvement with THR: “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that. 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”.
So who is Static Shock? Static, a.ka. Virgil Hawkins, first appeared in 1993’s Static Vol. 1 for Milestone Comics. His superpowers spawned from an interaction with a radioactive substance, giving him the ability to control electromagnetic fields. He was envisioned as a younger, more child-friendly version of the Static character who appeared in the WB animated series of the same name.
The now-defunct Milestone label was an outlet founded by Black writers and artists that had distribution through DC. In addition to writing a new Static Shock digital series, Hudlin will also be involved in relaunching Milestone with DC’s help.
Outlier Society, which Jordan mentioned, is his production company that’s been busy getting involved in plenty of projects over the last few years.
They include an adaptation of Rena Barron‘s Kingdom Of Souls trilogy, a big screen version of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a monster movie with Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and a drama at Amazon titled Middle West.
It’s unclear right now if Jordan will solely be on board as a producer for Static Shock. He loves comic books so there’s probably an itch there to be on camera as well, although he has already appeared in two superhero movies, each of which were received very differently. One was 2015’s disastrous Fantastic Four, the other one you may have heard of: Black Panther.
Jordan is currently scheduled to team up with Danny Boyle on Methuselah, which revolves around the Biblical figure who supposedly lived to be 969 years old thanks to his survival skills.