Black Panther Star Michael B. Jordan Plays Coy on Playing DC's Black Superman

It’s no secret that Michael B. Jordan’s next step would involve jumping from his Black Panther role as Erik Killmonger into becoming another DC prospect. Recently, while promoting his directorial debut Creed III, Jordan found himself caught off guard when the interviewer had asked if he’s been tapped to play the black version of Superman.

“Who said that? Who said that?” Jordan told Entertainment Tonight when asked if he has any plans of becoming DC’s Black Superman, “YOU said that! I ain’t say that! I don’t even know about no rumors about that one. Bye!”

While it’s clear Jordan is playing coy from revealing his future in the DCU, director J.J. Abrams has been attached to create DC’s Black Superman movie since 2021 and is still currently in active development as part of the new DC Studios universe. DC Studios boss James Gunn greenlit the project, despite also planning a younger Man of Steel for his Superman: Legacy.

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Michael B. Jordan was initially set to produce and potentially star in the limited series of HBO Max on Black Superman, however, the project was scrapped, and the next likely thing for Jordan to star in with the same titular hero is with Abrams’.

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The project is reportedly centering around the character of Val Zod, a black character from DC comics, who is Kal-El’s foster brother (fellow Kryptonian) and son of General Zod from an alternate reality.

Seeing the success and impact of Jordan on playing Killmonger in the Black Panther franchise, including the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it’s only natural for DC fans to want to see him in a different light, as the titular hero, for a change.

Creed III is set to premiere this weekend. Meanwhile, James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy is currently slated to be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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