Michael B. Jordan, actor and producer, is best known for his work in the television show “The Wire,” as well has his films “Hardball,” “Red Tails,” “Chronicle,” “Black Panther,” “Creed,” and “Fruitvale Station.” He won “MTV’s Movie Award for Best Villain,” “BET Award for Best Actor,” and “NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year.” Michael B. Jordan will also produce the DC movie project based on the character “Static Shock.”
Static Shock (Virgil Hawkins) made his first appearance in Milestone Media comics in June of 1993. Created by Dwayne McDuffie, Michael Davis, Derek T. DIngle, Denys Cowan, Static is a teenage superhero from Dakota City that was given powers after surviving the “Big Bang.” As a superhero, Hawkins juggles being a teenager trying to get straight A’s, hoping to win over his crush, and keeping his powers a secret.
Michael B. Jordan wants to create a new world for black superheroes, as it’s the best time for a diverse universe of black superheroes to make their screen debut, but is also the best time for other characters that represent LGBTQ and Latinx superheroes. There hasn’t been a director or writer set for the project, but this will be a film that will kickstart a diverse cinematic universe for these characters. Jordan put out a statement regarding his project with DC & Warner Bros saying: “I’m proud to be part of building a new universe centered on black superheroes; our community deserves that.”
Static Shock went from a comic book hero to a television sensation in an animated series that ran from 2000 to 2004 on Kids WB. Being a kid during that time was amazing. Waking up on weekends to catch Static on my TV screen brought me so much joy, so it fills my heart to see that there will be more black superheroes getting their chance to shine in their own leading role movies. From being the villain “Killmonger” in Black Panther, to producing a Static Shock film, Michael B. Jordan is taking monumental steps in his career.