A new report has claimed that Warner Bros’ plans for a new Superman The film will star a black actor as Kal-El, which has angered fans who hoped to see a film based on John Stewart’s Green Lantern and Static Shock, which shaped the character Black in the DC universe.
Fans of Justice League director Zack Snyder’s recently released cut were hoping to see more of Henry Cavill’s Superman, with them now expressing their frustration that the report seems to indicate that Warner Bros. isn’t moving forward with any plans for Cavill as Clark Kent. With Black Superman in the DC Universe, some fans have questioned why Warner Bros. chose to retell Clark Kent’s story instead.
Why did the new Superman movie disappoint DC fans?
News of the next Superman film was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, which originally wrote about Henry Cavill leaving the role of Superman in 2018. It was stated that Warner Bros. plans to hire a black director to handle the first portrayal of Black Superman. on screen, with acclaimed comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates writing the script.
Insiders say Warners and DC are committed to hiring a black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of Black Superman. Directors Barry Jenkins, Steven Caple Jr., JD Dillard, Regina King and Shaka King are all possibilities https://t.co/WvWjAwIgCm
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 5, 2021
While the film sounds promising, the report has angered DC movie fans in a number of ways. The first is that this Superman will be Kal-El/Clark Kent rather than one of the several potential Black Supermen from the comics, such as Calvin Ellis or Val-Zod, and the article suggests this means Warner Bros. doesn’t plan on bringing back Henry Cavill for a sequel. Man of Steel.
– Calvin Ellis (President Superman)
– John Henry Irons (Steel)
They all have unique stories worth telling, not just a Kal-El/Clark Kent rehash. Two different Kryptonians & one incredible human hero. DC Comics fans deserve Black Excellence done with respect. https://t.co/S6M1LunmKA
— This is Supermen in Power, Hallelujah!™ (@RandyS0725) May 6, 2021
Additionally, many fans are frustrated that Warner Bros. is pushing for a Superman reboot rather than offering any news about films featuring other popular black superheroes, such as Green Lantern or John Stewart’s Static Shock. There’s been some news about producer Michael B. Jordan’s Static Shock movie, which makes it sound like it’s at the same stage of scripting as Superman but hasn’t gotten much attention.
Or, they could focus on developing more films with BLACK CHARACTER as the main character. 🙄
— John Stewart/Green Lantern
— Black Lightning
— Black Walnut https://t.co/LFG1N09Q6H
– Angie (NerdSoul Sunday) (@Da_Nerdette) May 5, 2021
It also follows news that Warner Bros. forced Zack Snyder to remove actor Wayne T. Carr as John Stewart in the Snyder Cut of Justice League, replacing him with Martian Manhunter. Currently, the only actor announced for the upcoming HBO Max Green Lantern Corps series is white actor, Finn Wittrock, as Guy Gardner. Fans were very unhappy with these two revelations. Actor Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg/Victor Stone in Justice League, and reports that he witnessed high levels of discrimination from Warner Bros. during production, has what may be the last word on this.
I usually have to tweet beforehand @wbpictures will release this kind of performative info.
Notice how NO ONE from the studio wanted their name on the piece?
Hiring more black people doesn’t negate or erase the bad way you treat your black employees.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) May 5, 2021
Meanwhile, in video games, Superman will appear in Rocksteady’s next Suicide Squad game: Kill The Justice League, albeit in a more antagonistic role. Also, rumors continue to rise about the creators of Injustice/Mortal Kombat Netherrealm making a DC vs Marvel fighting game.