Michael B. Jordan is a vocal comic book fan who previously starred in 2015's Fantastic Four and 2018's Black Panther., as well as voiced Cyborg in the 2013 direct-to-video movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Jordan revealed on Friday that he will produce the pic through his Warner Bros. -based Outlier Society banner. Pictures. Jordan joins Reginald Hudlin, producer of Django Unchained and Marshall, who is already on board the film.
Static, alter ego Virgil Hawkins, made his debut in the eponymous comic of the same name in 1993 from the now-defunct Milestone Comics, a publisher founded by Black writers and artists looking to create a more inclusive space. Along with now working with Michael B. Jordan on this big-screen project, Hudlin is also reviving Static Shock into a new digital series set to come out in early 2021. Both of those are being written by Reginald Hudlin, which explains why he's also producing the movie. But helping people and making a positive impact in his community gives a real charge to this newfound superhero in the animated adventures of Static Shock.
In a statement to THR, Jordan shared his enthusiasm for the project. He will now have some creative control over building a potential franchise for the DC hero with Outlier Society.
Of his production label, he continued, "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".
This isn't the first time the Static Shock comics have been adapted into a new medium.
The animated Static Shock series featured the voicing talents of Phil LaMarr, Jason Marsden, Kevin Michael Richardson, Michele Morgan, and Crystal Scales. It's just a shame Jordan is too old to take on the part, because it would have been a great character for him to dig into.
The Static movie was unveiled at DC FanDome during the Milestone panel.