J.J. Abrams & Ta-Nehisi Coates to Reboot Superman for New Film

Today we mourn the loss of Henry Cavill as Superman.

Shadow and Act exclusively revealed today from studio sources that Superman will be “rebooted” in an upcoming film.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) is writing an upcoming Superman feature film from DC Films and Warner Bros with J.J. Abrams on board to produce through his Bad Robot company.

The film is in very early stages of development and no director is attached as of yet. In a statement, Coates told Shadow and Act:

“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”

Despite Coates saying that the film will take place in the DCEU, Shadow and Act contradicts that by saying that “the search for an actor to play Kal-El / Superman hasn’t started yet.” Does this mean Henry Cavill is being replaced in the DCEU or does someone have some wrong information regarding which universe this film will take place in?

Meanwhile, Abrams added:

“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity.”

Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, believes that this new take on Superman “will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”

Personally, I don’t know how I feel about another Superman reboot. I barely even know Cavill’s take on the character. I would have loved to have seen him portray Kal-El in another solo film (or Justice League sequel). I also find it slightly amusing that a day after I suggest the way forward for the DCEU is through a proper Man of Steel 2, Warner Bros. goes and announces a full reboot.

Granted, the upcoming reboot could be tied into The Batman. Set photos have shown that Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash exist in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film. Since it is set in its own shared universe, there is reason to believe that Abrams’ Superman movie will be set in its own shared universe or in the one being established by The Batman. Would Warner Bros. really have two concurrent DC cinematic universes? At this point, I wouldn’t put anything past them.

You can catch Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel in next month’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. Let’s just go in hoping that it won’t be the last time we see that specific version of the character.


What do you think of J.J. Abrams rebooting Superman? Have you read anything by Coates? Share your thoughts on the news down in the comments.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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