With this past August’s DC FanDome event seeing it revealed that a live-action Static Shock was in the works, now comes an update on that picture.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, Michael B. Jordan will executive produce Static Shock though his Outlier Society banner alongside Milestone’s Reginal Hudlin. This won't be Jordan's first foray into the world of superheroes, of course, for he played Johnny Storm in 2015's Fantastic Four and then took on the role of Killmonger in Black Panther.
On this news, Jordan enthused, “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centred around black superheroes. Our community deserves that. 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.”
Created by Milestone Comics founders Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Derek T. Tingle and Michael Davis, teenager Virgil Hawkins made his comic book back in June 1993’s Static #1. A teenager who developers electromagnetic-based abilities after being exposed to a radioactive chemical, Static quickly became a favourite of many.
The popularity of this young hero was taken to a whole other level when the animated Static Shock series debuted in 2000, going on to run for four seasons. The character would go on to make a one-off appearance in Justice League Unlimited, before having a slightly more substantial role in Young Justice.
As for Milestone Comics, that company itself was created in ’93, with publishing and distribution overseen by DC Comics – and a new Static Shock comic book will hit shelves in February of next year.
Expect more on this Static Shock movie as it continues to develop.