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  /  10.17.2020

Michael B. Jordan is returning to the superhero world, but this time, he will be behind the scenes. The Black Panther star announced on Friday (Oct. 16) that he is joining Warner Bros. and DC’s live-adaptation of Static Shock as a producer.

The actor will join Reginald Hudlin on the feature project that was announced during the DC FanDome event in August. Jordan will produce the film through Outlier Society, his Warners-based production company, which he founded in 2016 and became one of the first companies to adopt the inclusion rider.

“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that,” said Jordan in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

According to THR, the project will center on superhero Static, who first appeared in 1993’s Static no. 1 via Milestone Comics. The now-defunct company was founded by Black writers and artists to create more inclusive space in the comics world. The superhero was revived a decade later for the Static Shock animated series, and at the time, it was one of few animated shows to have a Black character as the lead. The show centered on Virgil Hawkins, a teenager who turns into a superhero who gained electromagnetic powers after being exposed to strange gas. Static entered the mainstream DC Comics universe in 2008.

The Just Mercy star also confirmed the news via social media, sharing a photo of a Static Major comic book cover and the smirk emoji. Jordan is no stranger to the superhero world after starring as Erik Killmonger alongside Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther in 2018, as well as his role as the Human Torch in 2015’s Fantastic Four.

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The Creed actor teamed up with Color of Change in July to launch the #ChangeHollywood initiative, which details specific ways the television and film industry can support Black talent.

“This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,” he said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter at the time. “We look forward to including a variety of voices in doing what we do best: telling authentic stories, bringing people together, partnering with influential artists, and changing the rules of the game.”


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