Michael B. Jordan and his production company Outlier Society are officially developing a new HBO Max superhero series all about Val-Zod, a Black Kryptonian who becomes Superman.
According to a new report from Collider, the Black Panther actor is attached to produce and may ultimately star. He's yet to commit to the role, however. Jordan's in-development project will be separate to the upcoming Superman movie reboot from J.J Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, which is said to be "committed" to the idea of finding a Black actor to play the original Kal-El/Clark Kent Superman.
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Jordan previously shut down rumours that he'd be playing the Man Of Steel in the big-screen reboot after it emerged that Warner Bros. was potentially looking to replace Henry Cavill. Perhaps because he knew his focus would be with Val-Zod and HBO Max?
"I'm flattered that people have me in that conversation," the actor said of the Superman rumours in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. "It's definitely a compliment, but I'm just watching on this one."
Details on the new series are virtually non-existent at this stage. We do know, however, that Jordan pitched a Superman project to Warner Bros. all the way back in 2019. It's incredibly likely that aspects of that original pitch will play a part in the upcoming Val-Zod series.
So who exactly is this new hero? Val-Zod is an alternate Superman from Earth 2 who is sent to our planet after his parents are executed by the Kryptonian court. On his long journey to Earth, he's taught to become a pacifist who aims never to solve problems with violence if he can help it, but ultimately ends taking up the mantle of Superman to fight a brainwashed version of the original. Comic books are wild.
It's unclear how much of Val-Zod's original origin story will make it into Jordan's show or if he'll take some liberties with the source material to tell a completely different kind of Superman tale. Either way, I can't wait to see how this one ends up.
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