The internet was lit aflame after word hit the timeline that Marvel Studios and DC Films are both looking to hire Black directors for its next, highly anticipated movie projects. The latter is looking to reboot Superman, after Henry Cavill was said to be out upon J.J. Abrams’ reboot announcement, and the former is for Blade.
The Hollywood Reporter recently shared details about the planned Superman reboot, which wants a Black director to tackle the “first cinematic incarnation of Superman featuring a Black actor.” According to a source from the piece, having Abrams direct would be a tone-deaf move, and Warner Bros. seem to be considering this as well. With finding a Black director now the sole focus between both of these projects, attention turns to whether or not an up-and-coming filmmaker or someone more established in the superhero or action movie genre should helm these films.
For the DC reboot of Superman, the THR story includes such names as Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), J.D. Dillard (Sweetheart), Regina King (One Night in Miami), and Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah)—who are all talented in their own right. Also reportedly in consideration are names like Barry Jenkins (The Underground Railroad) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), though Coogler isn’t likely given his involvement with the recently announced Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Marvel Studios is said to be combing through a similar shortlist of directors for Blade, which finds the popular superhero studio rebooting its vampire hunter franchise that now stars Mahershala Ali in the lead role. In any case, neither side is hesitant to tap a name for their respective projects anytime soon—but the hype for both projects is there. Superman will be scripted by celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is not expected to turn in his first draft of the script until mid-December of this year (meaning a filming start date is even further off). Blade, which has had its production delayed from this fall to July 2022, shared that Stacy Osei-Kuffour is penning the screenplay for that adaptation.
Michael B. Jordan was rumored also to wear the Clark Kent glasses and Superman cape, but he shot that down by saying he wasn’t involved. “I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation,” Jordan told THR. “It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.”