Because super heroes make money, Warner Bros. is taking advantage of their relationship (i.e.: copyright contracts) with DC to produce as many super-powered television shows and movies as they can. They’ve done a damned fine job so far with Gotham, Arrow and The Flash. Now we’ll be seeing what may be the first modern, live-action series featuring an African-American hero with Static Shock.
The original comic series was called Static and it revolved around a geeky teenager that went by the super hero moniker of – you guessed it – Static. Static (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) had electromagnetic abilities that he gained when soaked in some crazy chemical while in the middle of a gang war. Of course, the same chemical that gave Static his powers also gave powers to a buttload of gang members. And so the super hero vs. villain hijinks ensue.
Static has already been featured in his own animated show back in 2000 and managed to last for four seasons. Now, it’s the live-action treatment. Furthermore, there’s an impressive name behind the new project in the form of Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin. He will be working under the Blue Ribbon Content division of WB, a new department devoted toward digital programming. In addition to Static Shock, BRC has as whole slew of new and interesting programs (check out a breakdown of the shows as THR).
And here’s a little bit of info. ala the official press release:
Writer/producer/director Reginald Hudlin (Best Picture Oscar nominee for producing Django Unchained) leads the creative team behind a live-action adaptation of Static Shock, featuring the African-American super hero Static, aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins. Static Shock is based on the Static comic co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie with co-writer Robert L. Washington III and artist John Paul Leon, which was originally published by the DC Comics imprint Milestone Comics and, later, by DC Comics. Milestone Media co-founder/comic book artist/TV producer Denys Cowan (the original Static Shock animated series) is collaborating with Hudlin on the new Static Shock.
Given that Static was often referred to as an African American version of Spider-Man, WB could be targeting a teenaged audience with this one. While there’s no shortage of new fans coming to the super hero genre, bridging the gap to bring more young viewers into the fold is a pretty solid marketing move. Now let’s just hope they do the comic book justice with whatever they put together.
Still no word on when the show will arrive or where BRC will be airing it, but we Bastards will let you know when we find out.
Any Static fans out there? What do you think about the new project? Is it something you’ll be eagerly awaiting, or do you think WB is going to mess this one up big time? More importantly, who would you cast in the lead?