Just a few days after the premiere of the new Superman & Lois series on The CW, news has emerged that Warner Brothers and DC are developing a brand new Superman feature film. Last year we heard that Henry Cavill was in talks to reprise the role in an upcoming DC movie although it was only expected to be a small cameo. Now it appears that they are looking to reboot the character on the big screen with a new actor, although no one is currently attached to star. We do, however, know that J.J. Abrams is involved as a producer and acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates is on board to pen the script. Coates had this to say about the announcement:
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is best known for writing such books as The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, the latter of which won the National Book Award in 2015. He has also penned Black Panther and Captain America for Marvel and his involvement has sparked rumours of a black Superman movie, possibly focused on Calvin Ellis instead of Clark Kent. That would seem to coincide with previous rumours that WB met with Michael B. Jordan about playing the Man of Steel a couple of years back.
It may be worth noting that Coates also wrote the script for Wrong Answer, an upcoming Ryan Coogler drama starring Michael B. Jordan. For his part, J.J. Abrams previously wrote a script for a Superman movie back in 2002 although it never came to be. Bad Robot is also developing a Justice League Dark series for HBO Max. Are you looking forward to a Superman reboot without Henry Cavill?