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Superman movie reboot in works with Ta-Nehisi Coates, J.J. Abrams

No actor has been attached to portray the Man of Steel just yet

Superman lifts wreckages amid flames in a comic book panel Image: DC Comics
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a new Superman movie for Warner Bros., Shadow and Act reported Friday. A subsequent report from Deadline described the project as a “reboot” of the Superman film franchise.

“I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero,” Coates said in a statement to Shadow and Act.

The new movie will be produced under J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot label. There is no director attached and no confirmation on whether the Superman role will be recast, or if Henry Cavill will don the cape again. There have been rumors circulating since 2019 that Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan would play Superman, but nothing has been confirmed.

Coates has written Black Panther and Captain America series for Marvel Comics, and received special thanks in the credits of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. His Black Panther seres with artist Brian Stelfreeze in particular directly inspired design elements in the MCU version of Wakanda, including the characters’ kimoyo bead bracelets.

There are no further plot or character details, but Abrams told Shadow and Act that, “there is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told.”

Abrams and Bad Robot signed a $500 million deal with WarnerMedia in 2019 to produce and develop television shows, movies, and games and digital services. That includes an adaptation of DC Comics’ Justice League Dark.

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