Michael B. Jordan is reportedly going to play the role of a Black Superman but not Kal-El. He will play the role of another Kryptonian named Val-Zod.
It has been long rumored that Michael B. Jordan was set to be the next Superman. These rumors are somewhat true!
Michael B. Jordan will not be the next Kal-el but instead, he will be another Kryptonian named Val-Zod. Val-Zod is described as “…one of the last Kryptonians of his universe and the second to use the mantle of Superman.”
According to Collider, Jordan is said to have taken the project into his own hands and may not only be starring in it but also developing it for HBO Max.
There is not much information about the project as it is still quite young. It is unclear if the project will be a series or a feature film.
It is also unclear if this will be a different black-led Superman project than the one announced earlier this year to be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. When this announcement was made, many rumors claimed that Michael B. Jordan was going to play the role of Superman.
But during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan distanced himself from the project saying:
It’s smart of DC to grab Ta-Nehisi to go ahead and adapt that project. He’s incredibly talented. It’s going to be worth checking out. I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation. It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.
If this report from Collider is true it seems like Jordan has had a change of heart, or has simply decided to take it upon himself to create his very own Superman project. We have absolutely no idea if Jordan's Superman project is linked to J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Superman project.
Based on a new editorial by Jamie Broadnax for Black Girl Nerds, it seems like Jordan is not interested in racebending Kal-El but being a Superman of his own. The editorial wrote:
Jordan has not wanted to engage in conversations about racebending Kal-El for the same reasons many of the fans are pushing back on the current Warner Bros. re-imagined version of Clark Kent, but that he would be interested in engaging on a Black Superman project centering on the Val-Zod storyline.
Jordan is currently confirmed to be working on a Static Shock movie for Warner Bros. We will also see him again in Creed III where he will make his directorial debut.