Amid news of Henry Cavill exiting the DC movie universe as Superman comes a report that Warner Bros. has mulled recasting the role with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. Cavill’s departure from the DCEU comes as Warner Bros. seeks to reset the comic book-based cinematic universe, with their focus shifting to developing a movie built around Superman’s female cousin Supergirl.
According to Deadline though, Warner Bros. may already have someone in mind for the role of Superman, reporting that the studio has mulled casting Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. Perhaps not coincidentally, this news comes just a day after another report that Jordan and Warner Bros. are teaming up to launch a policy on studio diversity and inclusion (via the L.A. Times).
Earlier this week, Henry Cavill walked away from Superman after contract negotiations broke down between he and Warner Bros. There’s a very good chance that Cavill’s agency is just using this for leverage to squeeze every penny out of Warner Bros.
Assuming that Henry Cavill is truly gone, it is immediately being reported that Michael B. Jordan is one of the frontrunners to replace him in Justice League and such. Here’s the thing about making Michael B. Jordan, Superman: no.
DC makes bad movies. That’s an objective fact at this point. There is no movie studio I trust less with handling the (fake) internet outrage about making Superman black. Not only would they not handle the public pressure correctly but they’d go back and add scenes where he addresses the racial climate in American and I’m already sick from it.
In the perfect world, Michael B. Jordan would effortlessly step in and play Superman and within the movie, he would never at any point even mention that he’s black. THAT’S what inclusion is. Just allowing him to have darker skin and not ever pointing out that he looks different from anyone else.
But nope, they’ll do a scene where teenage black Superman will come home crying to his white adoptive parents in Kansas because everyone teases him for being ‘different’ and they’ll all say ‘you’re not different. You’re special’. And they’ll be referring to his super powers but then all 3 of them will look directly into the camera winking before they all say in unison ‘diversity’, before the credits roll.
Michael B. Jordan is one of the best actors we have on this crazy planet we call Earth. Let him star in a unique movie that belongs to him. He’s done enough comic book shit and he’s far above being Henry Cavill’s backup quarterback.
No, Michael B. Jordan should never be Superman.
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