Michael B. Jordan Comments on Black Superman Casting Rumors

By Russ Milheim Posted:
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When it comes to the DCEU, it's not a stretch to say that it isn't quite as organized and efficient as the MCU. In fact, as of recently, Warner Bros. had been all over the map in terms of where its universe is supposed to end up. Exhibit A of this is the recent release of Zack Snyder's Justice League that brought back the Snyderverse, something that the studio has no interest in continuing .

Instead, the studio is moving along with films like Aquaman 2 , Black Adam, and The Flash the latter two having just started production recently . However, some of Warner Bros.' biggest heroes remain in the dark, not getting much attention since 2017's Justice League flopped. A key example there is the absence of the Man of Steel himself.

Henry Cavil hasn't returned to his iconic role of Superman for quite some time. Rather, there have been rumbles of a Superwoman film being fast-tracked into development. There's even talk about an entire reboot of Superman—potentially in the same vein as the upcoming film The Batman.

What makes that potential reboot interesting, however, is the talk of giving the role of Superman to a Black lead . That rumored actor? None other than Michael B. Jordan. Now, Jordan has addressed those rumors himself.


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During an interview with CinePOP , Michael B. Jordan was on hand to promote his new project, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse .

Within the interview, Jordan was asked about those rumors of him being on board to become a Black Superman for an upcoming reboot for the character. Jordan mentioned that, in reality, he doesn't "really know what is going on with that in particular:"

“I mean, I don’t know. I think you know there’s a...I don’t really know what is going on with that in particular, but I think everybody’s want and desire to see Black leads and heroic roles I think is really important. Representation is important.”

Jordan elaborated, touching upon where these desires can end up seeing the light of day:

“So there’s, like I said, [there are] so many opportunities with different IPs, different properties, different characters that never got the light of day. There’s certain ones that should just be where they are. Know what I’m saying? So let’s just see how things shake out.”


What sticks out the most about Michael B. Jordan's comments is his second to last line: "There's certain ones that should just be where they are." It's noteworthy because it seems to hint at Jordan believing that Superman is a character that should stay as he is and not get the racial swap that Warner Bros. may be aiming for. Obviously, it's impossible to tell for sure if that's what he's referring to, but it's certainly not something he said for no reason.

That kind of massive change would definitely spark some ire from people in the fan base, for better or worse. Major changes to iconic heroes tend to not go over so well most of the time—and seeing as Superman is basically THE superhero, it would be a bold move for Warner Bros. to make.

Needless to say, fans will have to wait and see what happens. Warner Bros. announced that many films may no end up seeing the light of day , so this Superman reboot might not actually exist. It's taken Black Adam and The Flash nearly a decade to be made—and Warner Bros. is only now filming. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.