Michael B. Jordan is about to put a shock to your system! On Oct. 16, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the 33-year-old star is producing a Static Shock movie through his production company Outlier Society. The film will center on DC Comics character Virgil Hawkins, a high schooler who becomes the hero Static after accidental exposure to a mutagen gives him electromagnetic powers. The project was first announced at DC FanDome in August when filmmaker and DC Comics writer Reginald Hudlin revealed that a movie was in the works.
“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.” The Black Panther actor also shared a Static Shock comic book cover on Instagram, simply captioning it with a lightning bolt and smirk emoji.
For those who grew up watching the Static Shock animated series from 2000 to 2004 — and debated which season’s theme song was the best — this news is a much-needed flash of light in a year full of darkness. We’re still awaiting more details about the upcoming film (e.g., who’s going to zap their way into the lead role), but we’ll keep you updated on all the specifics as production unfolds!
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