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Michael B Jordan As Superman Still A Big Question Mark

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BY May 7, 2021

Michael B. Jordan finally addressed those Superman rumors and…we’re still left scratching our heads. In an interview with Jake’s Takes, Jordan said he was “flattered” that his name kept coming up in regards to the role of DC’s reboot Superman movie, but he “didn’t really have anything more to give on that.” Seeing Michael B Jordan as Superman is something I have wished for since I first heard about the reboot, but alas.

Earlier this year, comic fans everywhere were treated to some exciting news: Ta-Nehisi Coates was going to write a new Superman movie and it would be produced by J.J. Abrams. Coates, who has written many highly acclaimed titles, is already familiar with the world of superheroes (he’s written a Black Panther series for Marvel and worked with Yona Harvey and Roxane Gay on the World of Wakanda), but it’ll be the first time he’s written a movie script. The general consensus was that Coates wanted to introduce a Black Superman, something that the studio was interested in doing with Jordan back in 2019. It fell through, but there have actually been a few iterations of a Black Superman, namely Calvin Ellis and Val Zod.

michael b jordan as superman Image via DC Comics

Regardless of whether Michael B. Jordan will wear the red and blue, there’s no question that adding more diversity to the DC and Marvel Universes will be a step in the right direction to more representation. Anthony Mackie had previously called out Marvel Studios for their lack of diversity in hiring and it seems to have come full circle since the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson finally claims the Captain America shield, but he also is reminded of the racism that pervades the country he’s supposedly fighting for. Unfortunately, both Marvel and DC have made missteps in the past, but with a slew of diverse creators and talent, there is hope. As Michael B. Jordon so succinctly put it to CinePOP:

I don’t know what’s really going on with in particular. But our desire and everyone’s desire is to see black characters in heroic roles. Representativeness is important … There are so many opportunities with different franchises, different characters that never received the light of day. And there are some who should be where they are. So, let’s see how things are going to happen.

Watch Jordan’s interview on Jake’s Takes below:

Would you want to see Michael B Jordan as Superman in the DC movie reboot? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Marvel Studios

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.

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