J.J. Abrams confirms he won't direct new Black-led 'Superman' reboot

J.J. Abrams attends the European film premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" 2019 in London. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
J.J. Abrams has done Star Trek, Star Wars and Stephen King, most recently with the upcoming Apple TV + miniseries Lisey's Story, which he is executive producing.
If that's enough, the prolific creator will soon get into the DC Extended with a highly anticipated Superman reboot, written by writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates who believes he will play a black actor as Man of Steel Immerse yourself in the universe.
While speculation has raged about who will star and who will direct, Abrams confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment who will not direct the superhero tent pole.
"I'm not going to direct this film," Abrams, a producer on the project, told us over the weekend while promoting Lisey's story (full interview follows).
“But I'll say it's a project that means a lot to us and when the time is right I can't wait to talk about it, but unfortunately that time is not now but I look forward to it when it is happens . ”
Abrams' confirmation follows a report from The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. and DC Comics are actively looking for a black filmmaker to take over the reins of the reboot, and that according to a source, it feels like Abrams is staging his pedigree anyway would be "deaf".
THR mentions filmmakers like Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), JD Dillard (Sleight), Regina King (One Night in Miami) and Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah) ) as potential candidates, some of whom could also be in the running to lead Marvel's Blade reboot with Mahershala Ali.
Who will play supes? However, nothing was officially announced. However, we do know of a brave name that has resisted casting rumors: Fantastic Four and Black Panther alum Michael B. Jordan, who reportedly tried to get Warner Bros. interested in a Black Superman project in 2019.
"I'm flattered that people have me in this conversation. It's definitely a compliment, but I'm just looking at this," Jordan told THR.
Jordan left the door a little ajar in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment recently.
"As a huge comic book fan, I will continue to immerse myself in this room and this world," he said. "Whether for myself or for someone like Static Shock, it's part of being a filmmaker and storyteller."
Lisey's Story premieres on June 4th on Apple +.
Check out the trailer:
Read more on Yahoo Entertainment:
Michael B. Jordan and "Ohne Reue" on the diversification of the Tom Clancy universe: "Color actors have been deleted for so long"
A 'Superman' reboot - with a potential Black Man of Steel - is on the way from Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams
What kind of Star Wars beef? J.J. Abrams is "nothing but grateful" for Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi"
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