As a part of DC Comics’ new initiative back in 1993, a character named Static was created who now goes on to star in Static Shock, his very first live-action film. Although nothing has been set in stone, the rumors surrounding the movie’s development especially struck a nerve among the invested fans due to the recent flux of changes happening within the walls of Warner Bros. Fortunately for the fans, however, the writer and artist of the Static Shock comic, Nikolas Draper-Ivey has actively dispelled all such rumors.
Static Shock Comic Writer & Artist Delivers Updates From DC
Static Shock was first announced during the 2020 DC FanDome event where CCO Jim Lee confirmed that the movie was in development. However, since then, there have been a lot of changes in and around DC Films and its parent organization, Warner Bros. — both of which are owned by David Zaslav‘s flailing Warner Bros. Discovery.
The heralding of new management coupled with the abdication of the old has also brought more than a dozen projects to a standstill. The most affected among them were the shelved and canceled films, Batgirl, Wonder Twins, and Scoob! Holiday Haunt. Afraid of receiving a similar treatment under the company’s barrage of merciless axing coupled with the fact that 2 years later, the film still has no lead actor, the fans rightfully grew anxious over time. However, according to Draper-Ivey, there is no cause for concern.
“I mean it’s true! People just make up whatever and have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. Things are shifting, but they aren’t going to mess with Static. There’s a lot in the works, but these things take time.”
He further tweeted to reassure fans about the movie’s ongoing development, saying, “Stop speculating about the Static movie. Don’t worry about those articles and be patient. I will not elaborate on this any further.”
What We Know So Far About DC’s Live-Action Static Shock
The DC film was adapted from the Static comic which was published first in June 1993 in the issue titled Static #1. This was one of the first characters to have come out of DC Comics’ new initiative, Milestone Comics, which was created in order to lend a platform to under-represented voices and to bring more African-American characters into the mix. The announcement of the film in 2020 was also paired with the announcement of the revival of Milestone Comics.
Static was, moreover, a part of the DC Animated Universe and had a good run from 2000 to 2004. The current movie at DC will be the comic character’s first live-action appearance and it follows the life of a young Black metahuman superhero, Virgil Ovid Hawkins, imbued with the power of electromagnetism, who grows up to be one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. The script for the film was penned by Safety writer, Randy McKinnon, and Static Shock will be directed by Reginald Hudlin. MCU’s Black Panther actor, Michael B. Jordan also joined the crew as the producer in October 2020 and announced the involvement of his production initiative, Outlier Society with the film and its director.
Source: Twitter/Nikolas Draper-Ivey