Michael B. Jordan to Adapt Black Superhero Comic for Warner Bros. and DC
“Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan will produce a movie based on the DC and Milestone Comics character Static Shock. The 33-year-old will adapt the comic through his Warner Bros.-based Outlier Society production company. He announced the news on Twitter.
“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan said. “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 character Virgil Hawkins, also known as Static Shock, is a Black teenager who transforms into a superhero with electromagnetic powers. The popular, “Static Shock” animated series ran on the Kids’ WB in the early 2000s. The character was created by DC and Milestone Media.
“One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media,” said Reginald Hudlin, screenwriter, director and Milestone Media collaborator. “When we spoke to Jim (Lee) about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So, we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.”
Regina Hall Signs First-Look TV Deal with Showtime
Actress Regina Hall has signed a first-look TV deal with Showtime. The 49-year-old will produce and develop TV projects under her production company RH Negative.
“I am excited to call Showtime home,” Hall said. “Working with Amy has been such a delightful and organic experience. I am thrilled to expand our partnership to create smart, meaningful and impactful stories.”
She is reportedly in the process of developing a one-hour special that she will star in and executive produce.
“Regina is an undeniable and brilliant force in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “She is one of the most dynamic and fearless actors of our generation and in her work on ‘Black Monday,’ she hilariously destroys every scene she’s in. We are thrilled at Showtime to continue and expand our relationship with Regina as a producer and eager to get to work on what promises to be an ambitious slate.”
Showtime has also renewed Hall’s comedy, “Black Monday” on the network for a third season. They also revealed a slew of other projects that Hall will be involved in.
“She will executive produce and star in the occult drama, “Master,” and is currently in production on the limited series, ‘Nine Perfect Strangers.’ She can next be seen in “Breaking News in Yuba County,’ set for release Jan. 29,” the network said in a press release.