Warner Bros Commit To Finding Black Lead and Black Director For New Superman Film

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

6 May 2021

Superman is about to go through a big change with reports suggesting awareness Bros. is actively searching for a Black director and Black actor to lead Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Superman movie. 

The new movie will be set in its own universe, separate from recent blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984 and Aquaman, similar to Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

This move further exacerbates the DC vs Marvel rivalry, with the latter also looking at the same candidates to direct their Blade reboot. Both studios are already so far along with plans that possible directors for both movies have already been screened.

In terms of castings Michael B. Jordan has had his name swirling around the role for some time now but that remains nothing but rumour. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Warner is only continuing the stories of three Snyder-cast heroes: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), and Ezra Miller (The Flash) so a black Superman would see the end of Henry Cavill’s tenure as the Man of steel.

Of course their is a precedent for a black Superman with one, Calvin Ellis, existing in the DC Comics multiverse. His story sees him eventually become president of the United States as well as being his Earth’s Superman.

However Coates unfinished script is meant to feature the Superman were used to Kal-El, who will come from Krypton and end up on Earth, akin to “the original Superman comics”.

Nonetheless this remains an exciting time for DC fans and superhero film watchers alike, check out Marvels Phase 4 movie release dates here.