Tuesday, May 21, 2024

MIchael B. Jordan or John Boyega? A Black Superman May Be in the Offing Produced by JJ Abrams


A Black Superman? Unthinkable? Think again.

Producer JJ Abrams has hired famed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to write a Superman screenplay for him at Warner Bros. Coates certainly isn’t hired to write the same old thing. The award winning journalist and essayist is going to bring in a first draft that we suspect will a very different look at Krypton and Superman’s origins.

The question is, if this project picks up steam, who plays Superman? Some say John Boeyga, now of “Small Axe” and “Star Wars” fame. He’d be a fine choice.

But something tells me that Michael B. Jordan has been showing off photos of his fit physique on Instagram and in the tabloids for a reason. He’s ready for a cape and a latex bodysuit. And wouldn’t it make sense? Most of the movie Supermen came from soap operas. That’s where Chris Reeve was discovered. Jordan started his career on “All My Children.”

No, Idris Elba is too old, I’m afraid, to go flying around. But Jordan was killed off of “Black Panther,” so presumably he won’t be back at that franchise (you never know).  And there will be a long line of candidates no doubt, ready to play Lois Lane, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, and Lex Luthor.

And yes it’s about time.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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