It has already been five months since it was revealed that Michael B. Jordan is developing a live-action adaptation of Static Shock. We got our first hint at its development during DC FanDome, but it wasn’t until a few months later that Jordan and Reginal Hudlin announced they were producing the film. The Milestone character will be produced by Outlier Society, which is one of Warner Bros.’s production companies. In a quick Heat Vision newsletter, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the film has now added Randy McKinnon to write the script.
It is actually McKinnon‘s second time working with Hudlin, as they were both involved with the development of Disney+’s true-life drama Safety. Static Shock may also be the beginning of many stories centered on black superheroes, as Jordan did point out in the initial reveal that this is just the initial step to give voices to those that are unheard. It’s a great commitment and Static Shock is quite a popular character due to his 2000’s animated series. There is a good chance we’ll also see many other Milestone characters make their live-action debut in the future.
It’ll be interesting to see how they bring this character to life on the silver screen and what focus they will set. It seems likely that they might focus on the character balancing his private and superhero life, as he commonly is portrayed as a teenager. the character also made an appearance in Young Justice, where he became a member of the Outsiders. Whatever direction they decide to go, we can’t wait to see it once cinemas open again.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter