Michael B. Jordan and the rumors of him playing a black Superman as a replacement to Henry Cavill have been swirling around for a very long time. While Jordan has denied any involvement in the project, it seems he wouldn’t mind playing another version of the Man of Steel.
As per a report by Collider, Michael B. Jordan and his company Outlier Society have been working on developing an HBO Max exclusive mini-series based on the Val-Zod version of Superman. Back in April, Jordan had talked about the lack of his actual involvement with J.J Abrams’ Superman reboot with The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s going to be worth checking out. It’s smart of DC to grab Ta-Nehisi to go ahead and adapt that project. I’m flattered that people have me in that conversation. It’s definitely a compliment, but I’m just watching on this one.
He’s had other instances of politely putting down rumors of playing Superman too, such as an interview with Jake’s Takes.
I appreciate people that think about me in that type of way for these roles. I don’t really have anything more to kind of give on that, other than it’s just flattering and I appreciate it… Whoever they get, or if it goes that way, I think it’ll be an interesting thing to see.
Another interesting detail about the project is why Jordan is working on an entirely different version of Superman. According Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds, he wouldn’t want to change the entire pathos of the character by changing the race, and instead feels comfortable playing a version of Superman which is already black, which makes the Val-Zod storyline a perfect fit for him.[Via]