It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Michael B. Jordan. Collider has exclusively revealed that the acclaimed actor and his production company, Outlier Society, will be developing a new Superman project for HBO Max. It’s unknown if the result will be a film or series, but it’s said to focus on the Val-Zod version of the character. This take on Superman, created in 2014 by Tom Taylor, holds the iconic mantle in DC’s Earth-2 universe. He is the second person to be known as Superman in his respective universe, assuming the title after the downfall of his world’s Kal-El. This will be the first time Val-Zod is adapted to live-action, after much speculation that Warner Bros. may try to do so.
Whatever the project ends up being, it may star Jordan himself in the lead role. The producer has yet to commit to leading the film on top of his other duties, although fans have been imagining him wearing the iconic cape for years. A writer has supposedly been hired to work on the script, though their identity is currently unknown. Collider also confirms this Val-Zod story will exist separately from the previously announced Superman film from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. That movie will feature a black version of Clark Kent, as opposed to focusing on the already black Val-Zod protagonist. Jordan has been in various stages of discussions with Warner Bros. about a Superman project for a long time, and was previously forced to deny his involvement in Abrams’ project. Neither project has landed an official director at the moment.