Michael B. Jordan is working on a separate version of Black Superman. It is not a part of the J.J. Abrams and Ta-Nahesi Coates’ project.
According to Collider, Jordan, the Fantastic Four and Black Panther star, he will be working on an HBO Max project he is developing via his Outlier Society Production Manager.
However, it will not be based on the Clark Kent we know and love but will explore the character of Superman Val-Zod from the alternate universe.
Who is Black Superman?
Val Zod was created by Tom Taylor, Robson Rocha, and Nicola Scott back in 2014. He is a Kryptonian orphan like our Superman but belongs to Earth-2. This is where most of DC’s famous characters lost in a battle with Darkseid.
He has agoraphobia because of traveling to Earth 2 in a capsule but eventually becomes Superman. However, he is not the only Black Superman. In 2009, DC had introduced two Black Superman’s.
Doug Mahnk and Grant Morrison create the other one. His name is President Calvin Ellis, and he is the Superman of Earth 23.
Having said that, fanboys were wondering why Jordan did not associate himself with the current project J.J. Abrams is working on. Back in April, when he was asked about the same, he said,
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…but I’m just watching on this one.
In addition to this project, Jordan is also working on directing his debut movie called Creed III. It is still unclear if Val-Zod will be a movie or shot in the form of a TV series, but it looks like things are going forward since a writer has already been hired to work on the script.