We officially know that a Superman reboot is coming. The trades have confirmed that J.J. Abrams will be producing the Superman reboot through his company Bad Robot. The official report is that we don’t yet know if Henry Cavill will be picking up the cape again, though we have often heard that he would be interested in doing so.
There are a league of Superman fans who often ask when we will get a good movie. It’s a harsh question, but a fair one. There is a lot of interesting material in the comics. Recently, there were rumors that James Gunn, the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy, could someday take on a movie for Superman’s dog. There is a great deal of varied and interesting material in the Superman stories. And yet, we get a lot of the same stuff.
While J.J. Abrams has never publicly said what would happen in his own take on the Man of Steel, he has wanted to be a part of a Clark Kent movie for a long time. We heard he was in talks with the studios over a deal for Superman a few months ago. This wasn’t surprising. He tried for the chance to make a movie with the character at the very start of his career. His interest hasn’t died. Still, he’s never said what he would do if he had the chance.
Now, Abrams will be producing the Superman script from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates has written non-fiction books and articles for The Atlantic and other national publications covering cultural, political, and social issues. His topics often cover white supremacy and life as an African-American. He’s also written a lot of comic books. He had a great run on Black Panther and took on Captain America. In 2018, he shared his feelings about taking on Captain America in particular. This gave insight into hos he approaches the characters he writes. He said, “What is exciting here is not some didactic act of putting my words in Captain America’s head, but attempting to put Captain America’s words in my head. What is exciting is the possibility of exploration, of avoiding the repetition of a voice I’ve tired of.”
That last sentence in particular gives hope to fans who want to see Superman do and say something different. When news broke of Coates writing the script, he posted a photo of the famous S and captioned it with a quote from Nina Simone. It read, “Though I’m way overdue, I’d be starting anew…”
All of this comes together to suggest that Coates will offer audiences something different. Will it be something great? Let’s hope so. Coates is right. Clark Kent and the DC Extended Universe are overdue for something awesome. Please, let it be awesome.