Michael B. Jordan is returning to the big screen once again, but this time, as a producer. The 33-year-old is set to produce Warner Bros. and DC Comic’s film Static Shock, based on DC and Milestone Comics character Static.
Jordan hinted at his involvement in a Tweet on Friday but did not confirm his role until later that day.
“I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that,” Jordan told The Hollywood Reporter.
Jordan will be joined by filmmaker Reginald Hudlin on the project.
The comic follows Static, a.k.a. Virgil Hawkins, a high school student by day, superhero by night, with electromagnetic powers.
The series became popular in the early 2000’s and “gained traction because it was one of the only animated shows with a Black leading character,” People wrote.
Black kids deserve black superheroes and Phil LaMarr, the original voice of Static, agrees.
“Virgil is what I always wanted as a comic book kid growing up: Black Spider-Man. A good story can make you live it, feel it, and when it does, it resonates on a whole other level,” he explained.”It touched on archetypes as a comic fan that I loved, but also touched on my life as a Black man in the real world.”
Jordan has also had the chance to portray a black superhero. In 2015, he starred as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in 2015’s Fantastic Four.