With his dad playing Deadshot in Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad, Jaden Smith is no stranger to the DC Universe. Word has leaked that Jaden may have nabbed the lead role in Static Shock, an upcoming live-action digital series from Warner Brothers.
The leak came from actor Tyler James Williams during an interview with Flicks and the City. He spoke out on how “there aren’t many young black comic book superheroes,” and that “it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”
Warner Brothers has not confirmed anything as of yet, so it is possible that Williams was simply voicing his opinion on the rumors that have been circling for months now.
A little background on Static Shock for those who need it: in a similar vein as Spider-Man, Virgil Hawkins was just a geeky inner-city teen that, after being exposed to a strange mutagenic gas, gains electromagnetic powers. Static Shock also had an animated WB show, airing from 2000 to 2004
While Warner Brothers has not confirmed when or where the Static Shock digital series will air, we do know that the Blue Ribbon Content (a new digital division of Warner Bros.) is producing the new live-action series, and Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) will be executive producing.
After seeing the younger Smith in 2010’s The Karate Kid remake, one thing is for sure: we know he has the energy and the athleticism to pull off some serious superhero stunts if these rumors are true!