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Michael B Jordan’s Black ‘Superman’ Project Could Provoke Right-Wing Rage

A Black Superman project faces possible right-wing backlash.



Val-Zod, the Black Superman

A planned HBO Max project featuring a Black interpretation of the Superman character could soon be the target of conservatives. The project is reportedly being produced by “Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan.

“A person close to the project confirmed the story to io9 and clarified that it would actually be a limited series. Unlike the upcoming Superman movie penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates, this project won’t be re-imagining a version of Clark Kent, the classic Superman of DC Comics. Instead, Jordan’s project will star Val-Zod, first introduced in 2014 as a Kryptonian from Earth-2 in DC Comics’ vast multiverse who took on the mantle of Superman after the Kal-El of his reality was killed in an invasion of Earth-2 by Darkseid and his army of Parademons,” Gizmodo reports.

While most comic book fans will likely rush to the project, especially with Jordan’s involvement, the existence of a Black lead role for such an iconic character is lightly to anger conservatives.

In the past, right-wing activists have lashed out at nonwhite characters taking up roles in science fiction and fantasy projects. Idris Elba’s casting in the Thor movies provoked outrage from some conservatives, though it did not affect those movies becoming gigantic box office hits.

The right was also angered by the prominent role Black actor John Boyega played in the recent Star Wars trilogy.

Conservatives have also lashed out at recent fantasy film projects with female leads, including Star Wars, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel.

Increased diversity has been a winning formula for the major movie studios. Black Panther, which featured an almost all-Black cast, is one of the most successful films of all time. Disney hopes to replicate that success with Asian actors in the upcoming “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Despite likely complaints from the right, the upcoming interpretation of Superman is likely to be warmly received by most people.