Superman’s feature film future lives again.
Shadow and Act reports former Black Panther comic book writer, essayist, and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates will pen a new Superman script for executive producer J.J. Abrams. Hannah Minghella will produce. The project will seemingly replace a Man of Steel sequel in the DC Films roster as, apparently, the production will seek out a new actor to play the title role.
In a statement, Coates told the site, “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,” Abrams added. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen.”
Plot details are, of course, non-existent with the project only beginning development. But one presumes Coates has a killer take on the Man of Tomorrow; a character Warner Bros. Pictures clearly wishes was more like The Batman. Of course, that could just be down to the numbers. The Dark Knight has always made money for his corporate owners while Superman, originally a corporate smasher, offers more modest returns. Even teaming him up with Batman failed to produce the Avengers-sized success Warner hoped to create prior to the AT&T merger.
But as Superman is a symbol of hope — even in the muddled messages of director Zack Snyder‘s Superman films — we are hopeful Coates and Abrams can do great things with the character. It is unclear if the film will have any ties to film universe Snyder established in Man of Steel, but Coates’s direct mention of the so-called “DC Extended Universe” suggests to us their may yet be ties even if the Metropolis Marvel is recast.
The new Superman project is not yet scheduled, but will arrive in the fullness of time.