Marvel’s Black Panther star MOVES to DC Comics for new superhero project
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Marvel delivered the exceptional Black Panther back in 2018, delving further into the backstory of T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman), after his debut in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. The film was extremely successful, grossing $1.3 billion on an approximate $200 million budget.
Boseman tragically died of cancer earlier this year, shocking the film industry, and his countless fans.
Details of the upcoming Black Panther 2 have not yet been revealed, apart from a 2022 release date.
Industry rumours have suggested fellow Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan could reprise his role as Killmonger to take over the franchise.
However, the latest news from Hollywood may have trounced that notion, as Jordan has now signed on to a new comic book series.
DC Comics have been quietly confirming new film franchises this year, with the latest project involving the legendary Static Shock.
Static Shock is a young black superhero, Virgil Hawkins, who lives in Dakota, and has the ability to create and manipulate electricity to thwart evildoers.
Jordan has now officially signed on to produce the upcoming Static Shock movie, alongside filmmaker Reginald Hudlin.
The 33-year-old star told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe around black superheroes. Our community deserves that.
Jordan added: “Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.”
The film is being produced with Warner Bros., and through Hudlin’s production company Outlier Society.
Speaking out about the notion of creating a Static Shock movie back in August, Hudlin said: “We’re talking with other divisions at Warner Bros, even those in animated about doing (Milestone Media) feature films.
“We’re also involved in extending the Milestone characters into new media, like podcasts with a series of stories on podcast. We want to deliver Milestone Media on whatever platform you want.”
Jordan’s role in the Static Shock movie is certainly exciting, but it may mean that he won’t be making a return to the Black Panther franchise.
He isn’t the only Marvel star supposedly going through a massive career change at the moment.
Recent rumours suggest Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds will be jumping ship to join a different franchise.
According to industry insider Daniel Richtman, Reynolds is apparently the next in line to take on the lead role in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequels.
The Pirates of the Caribbean films have starred Johnny Depp since its debut film in 2003, The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Following his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, it sounds like he may not be able to return to the franchise.
The rumours surrounding Reynolds taking a spot in the next Pirates film follows other suggestions that Margot Robbie and Karen Gillan will also be making appearances as main characters.
Black Panther and Pirates of the Caribbean are available on Disney Plus.
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