Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan addresses rumors that he is set to play a reimagined version of the Kryptonian hero, Superman. Is this likely to happen? The actor sheds light on it.
Along with their forthcoming Batman remake, Warner Bros. is focusing on a Superman revival as well, with producer J.J. Abrams and scriptwriter Ta-Nehisi Coates creating an ambitious reinterpretation of the Man of Steel.
It's widely assumed that this film would skip Clark Kent and instead focus on a black version of the Kryptonian superhero. Furthermore, Michael B. Jordan is speculated to be the studio's top choice for the role.
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For the first time since the reports surfaced, the Killmonger star from Black Panther has now reacted to the postulations in the latest interview.
He conveniently skirted digging into the topic of whether it's really happening, though, and rather based his response on the significance of expanded diversity in Hollywood, especially in relation to broadening famous brands and characters.
I don’t know what is really going on with [Black Superman] in particular. But everybody’s want and desire to see black leads and heroic roles is really important.
The 34-year-old star added,
Representation is important… There’s so many opportunities with different IP, different properties, different characters that never got the light of day. And there are certain ones that should just be where they are. So let’s just see how things shake out.
Jordan makes some excellent points in his reply, disclosing that he believes the subject of modifying a character's background should be handled as individual cases.
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This mirrors previous comments he's made on the issue. The actor announced a few years ago that, while he would love to play Superman, he would not like to portray Clark Kent. Instead, he expressed interest in playing Calvin Ellis, the Last Son of Krypton of Earth-23.
According to some sources, Ellis could be the protagonist of Abrams' remake, but other reports suggest that Coates is developing his own unique concept for the film. In any case, given how cautiously Jordan chooses his expressions here, it's hard to ascertain if Jordan has actually had conversations with Warner Bros. about the idea.
Fans appear to like the image of him in the cape and tights, so the studio will be smart to make it a reality by turning him into the next Superman.