Since the announcement of the ‘Super-Shock’ adaptation, fans have been keen to find out who the lucky ones will be chosen for the lead role.
In an interview with the Comic Book, actor Camron Jones, who played Zane in two episodes of “The Purge”, said he would like to bring Virgil Hawkins to life.
While promoting his new series, “Panic,” Jones was asked if he would like to play a hero, to which he replied:
“I would love to be Super Shock, they’re making a movie for him, aren’t they?” I could talk about it for hours. Who knows? I also really like the Joker, it would be cool to play him someday.
As of now, there is still no news on the production’s casting process.
Randy McKinnon was recently hired to write the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation.
He is best known for his work on the film “Safety”, which follows the true story of a young black man who faces various difficulties in hopes of becoming a football star.
However, no new updates have emerged after hiring the screenwriter.
In an interview with Collider, producer Michael B. Jordan soothed fans and said the draft is already underway.
“The draft is already underway and I can say that our hero is in good hands. Randy McKinnon is very talented and I couldn’t be happier to see him work on this film. For now, I can only say it, but I can’t wait to share the news with everyone.
He went on to talk about the character’s importance to black representation.
“As a boy who grew up inspired by the adventures of Super-Shock, I am honored to see this project grow and I know it will be something very important for children today. Seeing children reflected in a black hero is something I have always dreamed of.
Due to his familiarity with black youth themes, McKinnon is certainly the perfect choice to launch Virgil Hawkins on the big screen.
For now, plot details remain under wraps, but should follow the successful animation of the 2000s to the letter.
Recalling that DC Films President Walter Hamada announced in a statement that the company intends to release two exclusive films for HBO Max per year, starting in 2022.
Among the films mentioned, part of the text indicates that riskier projects are included in the strategy, such as the upcoming adaptation of ‘Super-Shock’.
However, the executive said DC Films has yet to make the decision, but intends to invest in major productions for streaming.
Until then, it will be some time before audiences see a live version of the two heroes.
Meanwhile, Jordan continues to oversee the project through his company, Outlier Society Productions.
In an interview with Deadline, the star celebrated her partnership with Warner Bros. and indicated that the film will be the first in a new DC Comics universe on the big screen.
“I’m proud to be part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves it. THE [produtora] Outlier Society is committed to bringing diverse comic book content to life across all platforms and we’re excited to partner with Warner Bros at this early stage. “
The studio also spoke out saying that:
“Outlier will be central to the creation of this project, and Jordan is a classic comic book fan, it’s an opportunity not only to build a new world, but to create franchises. If the first film is successful, it will be the start of a cross-platform franchise.
Additionally, the film will be co-produced by Reginald Hudlin, a comic book designer responsible for the ‘Black Panther’ story and some storm-centric editions of the ‘X-Men’.
Hudlin has also produced several notable titles such as “Free Django”, “Marshall” and “Everybody Hates Chris”.
Recalling that there is still no information on possible directors, actors or first forecasts.
In the original animation, Virgil is a smart, intelligent, athletic, lively and very good-natured young man. When accidentally exposed to an unknown gas, he gains electrostatic superpowers and learns how to use them to become a superhero called Super Shock (Static Shock).
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