After internet rumors were floating around fortuitously, Michael B. Jordan will be embarking on a Superman project. However, it isn’t a Clark Kent-centric Superman project, according to Yahoo.
The ‘Black Panther’ actor will be developing an alternate universe Superman Val-Zod, through his Outlier Society production company.
Created in 2014 by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, and Robson Rocha, Kryptonian orphan Val-Zod is the Superman of Earth-2, a parallel universe where many of DC’s most iconic characters (including the original Clark/Kal-El) were lost in a battle with universe-scale heavy Darkseid. Initially suffering from agoraphobia due to a life spent traveling to Earth in a capsule, the character eventually took on the mantle of Superman, appearing throughout the run of the comic publisher’s Earth-2 line. He’s actually one of two alternate universe Black versions of Superman DC that introduced during the period; in 2009, Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnk created President Calvin Ellis, the Superman of Earth-23, who’s basically the answer to “What if Barack Obama was Superman?”
When asked about the Abrams-produced film back in April, Jordan was complimentary, saying, “It’s smart of DC to grab Ta-Nehisi to go ahead and adapt that project,” but added that “I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation…but I’m just watching on this one.” In trying to answer the question of the separate projects, Collider quotes an essay from Black Girl Nerds’ Jamie Broadnax, who states that sources have told her that Jordan is uninterested in getting involved in the discourse that would break out around making Kal-El/Clark Kent a Black man, as opposed to using one of the existing Black Superman characters D.C. already has.
In the meantime, Jordan is also set to make his directorial debut for Creed III, and is said to be developing a ‘Static Shock’ film for Warner Bros. It has yet to be announced whether or not the Val-Zod project is a film or tv series.