Michael B. Jordan has played a superhero and a supervillain in his career Fantastic four and Black Panther. But the actor remains a popular choice for fan castings in other major comic book movie roles. A long rumor is that Jordan will become the first black actor to play the Man of Steel in J.J. Abrams’ Superman reboots. In an interview for Jake’s TakesJordan admitted he was aware of the rumors, but kept Mommy about every possible detail of such an arrangement.
“You hear the whispers and the rumors and things like that and it’s just a compliment. You know, I appreciate people who think of me that way for these roles. It’s just flattering and I appreciate it. But you know, whoever they get or if it goes like that, I think it’s going to be interesting to see. ”
Rumors of a Black Superman have gained traction now that that’s been confirmed J.J. Abrams wants to reboot Superman for Warner Bros with prolific writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who often writes about African-American issues and writes the script.
If the new movie were to introduce a Black Superman, it most likely wouldn’t be just any race-swapped version of Clark Kent. In DC Comics, Calvin Ellis, the Superman of Earth-23, is based on Barack Obama and happens to be the president of the US and Earth’s greatest champion. In an earlier interview with Oprah Winfrey, Jordan had confirmed that he knows about Ellis and that he would like to play him.
“It’s hard. I hate to be a businessman and understand both sides of the situation. There’s a huge benefit to it, but being under that microscope, being taken apart and compared to so many different versions of Superman. … I’d rather do that. Something original. I’ll be Calvin Ellis. “
The truth is, Michael B. Jordan has previously been burned when it comes to superhero castings. Then it was announced that he would be playing a race-swapped version of the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic four, there was a small but very noisy section of the fandom who condemned the decision with such anger that Trank revealed he slept next to his bed with a gun for safety.
Understandably, Jordan is concerned about a similar possible relapse to Superman. For the time being, the actor is producing the upcoming Static shockfilm for the DCEU and confirmed that he has been meeting with Warner about a film about the Man of Steel.
Jordan will be seen next time WithoutRegret, an adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel of the same name, in which he will play the lead role of John Clark, a combat veteran from Syria who is recruited for a CIA mission in Russia after battles with agents in D.C.
Directed by Stefano Sollima from a screenplay written by Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples, Without remorse stars Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Lauren London, Brett Gelman and Guy Pearce. The film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 30.