‘Static Shock’ Feature Film in Development from Reginald Hudlin
Updated: Sep 5, 2020
The DC Fandome generated lots of comic book superhero movie buzz this past weekend, including news of a Static Shock feature film currently in development. This is part of DC’s “revitalizing imprint which is devoted to African-American voices” and it couldn’t come at a better time. There’s been great strides in diversity, specifically African-American representation, in superhero popular culture. Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon and incredibly empowering for Black people worldwide but especially for Black Americans. Don Cheadle has been a presence in the Iron Man & Avengers films. Anthony Mackie has been highly anticipated in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The biggest breakthrough in this trend was probably Miles Morales in the animated Sony feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Yet DC has been far behind, even with the little screen time of Cyborg in Justice League and the charming yet forgettable performance of Will Smith in Suicide Squad. But they seem to be making steps toward course correcting this ship. Black Lightning has been a big hit on the CW’s lineup of DC related superhero shows, Idris Elba will be playing a lead role as Bloodsport in the new James Gunn The Suicide Squad, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be taking the titular role of Black Adam. All of which were unveiled in teasers or trailers during this past weekend at DC Fandome.
And now we may have another Black Superhero, Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shock. Virgil is a 14-year old teenage boy with the power to control electricity and magnetism. His origins involve inner city gang violence and tragedy and he represents a positive message for young African-Americans and inner city youth. Reginald Hudlin is best known for his work with the NAACP and was President of Entertainment for BET. But his work as a writer for the Marvel Comics publication of Black Panther from 2005 to 2008 is what should get fans excited. The man knows comics and he knows a thing or two about the power of representation in the Black Community.