Per Deadline, a Superman reboot is in the works at Warner Bros., and the studio has hired author Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the script, with J.J. Abrams producing.
There are no plot or casting details at this point, as the project is in the very earliest stages of development. Henry Cavill has repeatedly said how he’s eager to don the cape again, but we’ll see if the studio decides to go with someone else if this is being considered a complete reboot.
Coates’ involvement is truly exciting though. He has covered cultural, social and political issues, specifically that of African Americans and white supremacy, for The Atlantic since the mid-2000s, and has written acclaimed books such as We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy and Between The World And Me, which won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
He has also written a Black Panther and Captain America series for Marvel comics, and is currently attached to pen Ryan Coogler‘s upcoming drama, Wrong Answer, revolving around Michael B. Jordan‘s Atlanta-based math teacher who is scandalised when he looks to get funding for his school by altering his students’ test scores.
Coates is arguably one of the best writers of social and political issues working today. Imagining what topics and themes his Superman script will cover is tantalising. Hopefully WB and Abrams really let him write a heady, topical movie and it’s not too watered down by the Hollywood machine.
This is part of the collaboration between Warner Bros. and Abrams’ Bad Robot, who together are developing the Justice League Dark Universe for film and TV. The superhero team first appeared in the September 2011 issue of Justice League Dark #1, featuring mostly occult and offbeat heroes like John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, The Changing Man, and Zatanna.
They usually tackle situations away from the traditional Justice League. Whether this directly ties into this Superman reboot is unclear, but we’ll no doubt hear a lot more about this project over the next few years.