Warner Bros. is working on a Static Shock movie or TV show, and guess who might step up and play the lead role?
No one could have guessed. Jaden Smith has reportedly been offered the role — which most likely has something to do with his father's influence at Warner Bros., if this turns out to be legitimate. Tyler James Williams – from Everybody Hates Chris and The Walking Dead – leaked the information during a recent interview.
In the interview, Tyler made it clear that there aren't many black superheroes, to which someone in the background said, Static Shock and Spider-Man. Tyler's response after must have come as a shock to those in attendance.
"I don't know... what you're talking about," said Williams to Flicks And The City with a cheeky smile. "But yeah no, it's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden."
This isn't the first time we've heard that Jaden Smith is set to play Static Shock. Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. was interested in working with Jaden for the project, but this is not a film or a traditional TV show. The project has been described as a digital series, which means it could find its way to Netflix.
Interestingly enough, the report went on to claim that both Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have developed a strong working relationship with Warner Bros. — so if Jaden does get the role, that would clearly have something to do with it.
Pinkett Smith was a series regular on Gotham, and Will Smith will play Deadshot in Suicide Squad, which is currently filming.
Since this project might just be a digital series, there could be a possibility for it to sync up with the DC Cinematic Universe. It could pave the way Static Shock to make an appearance in future movies. But then again, DC and Warner Bros. have stated that the Cinematic Universe will never cross over with the TV universe.
But hey, as a digital series — it could happen.
Django Unchained producer and comic book writer Reginald Hudlin is attached to the project, so something special could be in the works here.