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The new Superman movie is set to have a Black director, Black lead and Black script-writer at the helm

While there’s been speculation that the new James Bond could be cast more diversely, there’s another fictional hero about to get a similar treatment. News about the next Superman movie has been revealed today and its looks as if we’re set to see a black actor cast as the lead for the first, as well as a black director and script-writer at the helm.

While details at this stage are pretty scarce with no director or star yet to be announced there are, reportedly, several names lined up for the roles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates, best-known for his work on the world of Wakanda and and Black Panther for Marvel, has been confirmed to be writing the script which is expected to be presented to Warner Bros bosses in December.

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In a statement, Coates said: “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.”

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group added: “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world, we´re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”

In terms of the main man himself, it looks as if Michael B. Jordan is favourite to play Superman, following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeve, Tom Welling in Smallville and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman.

Rumours have been circulating about Jordan’s involvement in the film since 2019. He told Reporter last month, “’I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation,” adding “It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.”

However, some fans believe film bosses may decide to pluck a lesser-known face for the role, as they did when casting Brandon Routh for the 2006 Superman Returns.

Fans have had to sit tight for the next installment, the last time Superman was seen on screen was in the 2017 film Justice League, where the character was portrayed by Henry Cavill.

Directors in the running for new Superman film include Barry Jenkins who directed Oscar-winning Moonlight, Steven Caple Jr who was behind Creed II, Regina King who directed One Night in Miami and Shaka King, known for directing and co-writing Judas and the Black Messiah.

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