In a statement to the site, Coates said: “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.”
The Superman reboot will be produced by J.J. Abrams, who told the site: “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.”
In addition, the author wrote the novel The Water Dancer, and bestsellers The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and the award-winning Between the World and Me (buy the books at Amazon).
“Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group told the site. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
Hannah Minghella will also produce the film, which, according to the site is in early development. THR has additional information from studio sources which state that this is a Black Superman story.
Superman has been on the big screen quite a number of times, including 1978’s Superman: The Motion Picture directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeves and the sequels.
Brandon Routh took the mantle in 2006’s Superman Returns and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
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