Val-Zod / Superman as he appears in DC Comics.

DC fandom reacts to Black Superman amid racial controversy

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According to a new article by The Hollywood Reporter (THR), insiders say Warner Bros. and DC are committed to hiring a Black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of a Black Superman.

However, instead of pulling a Black Superman forth from the comics (Calvin Ellis, Val-Zod), they will be reportedly rebooting the Superman franchise with a Black Kal-El.

According to THR, the Superman film appears to be moving onto its own track and won’t be a part of the DC Extended Universe, for now. Warner is crafting a Kal-El in the vein of the original Superman comics and will have the protagonist hail from Krypton. After bringing in Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the latest feature on the Man of Steel, studio heads continue searching for its director and star.

The story is currently under construction and many details are likely to change. One option reportedly under continued consideration is for the film to be a 20th century period piece.

Warner Bros. stated that their main objective in DC movie making going forward is diversity and representation. Critics have pointed out that this contradicts what the movie and TV mogul has shown through actions in the past.

Ray Fisher played Cyborg in “Justice League” and saw a majority of his scenes diminished and/or cut from the theatrical version of the film, along with every other person of color. He’s been a strong advocate for holding companies accountable and coined the popular social media phrase “Accountability [over] Entertainment.”

Destiny Ricks is a frequent contributor to the Daily Planet. She produces videos reviewing pop culture topics ranging over a vast variety of companies, from Disney to Amazon.

Brooks is also a Daily Planet contributor.


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Comic Book Nostalgia and Jahlil Rush contributed to this report.

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