Michael B. Jordan will produce “Static Shock,” a movie adaptation of the comic book unveiled by Reginald Hudlin during August’s DC FanDome.
Jordan announced Friday that he will produce through his Warner Bros.-based Outlier Society banner.
Static, aka Virgil Hawkins, was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s. The character is a teenager who transforms into a superhero with electromagnetic powers. Static starred in a Kids’ WB animated series in the early 2000s and is one of the few superhero series starring a Black character.
“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said in a statement. “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.”
Hudlin is writing a “Static Shock” digital comic series beginning in February. He revived Milestone Media in 2015.
Jordan broke out as Oscar Grant in the 2013 drama “Fruitvale Station” and portrayed boxer Adonis Creed in the two “Rocky” sequels. He played the antagonist Erik Killmonger in the 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther,” then starred in and produced the 2019 legal drama “Just Mercy” through his first-look deal at Warner Bros. Amazon has a 2021 release planned for Jordan’s “Without Remorse,” a origin story written by Tom Clancy about John Kelly — a Navy SEAL who avenges his wife’s murder at the hands of brutal drug gangsters in Baltimore, only to find himself entangled in a larger conspiracy.
Jordan is also attached to star in the Sony drama “Journal for Jordan” directed by Denzel Washington. Jordan is repped by WME, M88 and attorney Greg Slewett.
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