In recent interview with Flicks And The City, The Walking Dead‘s Tyler James Williams answered many questions surrounding the comic, including the flack stars like Michael B. Jordan has been getting as a black actor portraying a typically white comic hero in Fantastic Four, as well as Peter Parker being MCU’s Spider-Man as opposed to the much speculated Miles Morales.
But when the conversations veered towards black superheroes, or the lack of them both on screen and in the comic splash, where Tyler divulges something in response to the utterance of a audience member saying “Static Shock”:
But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.
See the full Tyler James Williams Interview here:
And of course he is referring to Suicide Squad‘s Big Willie’s son, Jaden Smith. So it turns out he will be starring as Virgil Ovid Hawkins aka Static in a DC Comics (Web?) Series.
It was back in the early 90’s in the golden age of diversifying DC when a surge of black, African-American characters and creators entered the comic realm, with Static being one of the more iconic renders from creator Dwayne McDuffie.
But since the popular WB animation series back in the day, Static has been more of a background prop used now and again in animated series like Batman Beyond and Young Justice. So it’s good DC is looking to make use of a slept-on title. As for Jaden getting the role… well at least we know he’s a DC fan… of sorts: