Back in October came news that Warner Bros. Pictures and their new digital production branch Blue Ribbon Content were developing a live-action web series based on the DC Comics title “Static Shock”.
In the comics, Static (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) is a high school student who gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader against crime. At the time of the report, it was suggested that “After Earth” and “The Karate Kid” star Jaden Smith was likely to take the role.
“The Walking Dead” actor Tyler James Williams has seemingly confirmed that decision in a recent interview with Flicks and the City. Williams was discussing the lack of young black superheroes in an interview when someone in the crowd suggested Static Shock and Spider-Man.
Williams said: “I don’t know…What you’re talking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.” There’s no official confirmation from DC and Warner Bros regarding the casting and no further word from either on how far along the project is though producer Reginald Hudlin recently said the project is “moving very quickly” and is “very much on the fast track”.
It would mark the third Smith family member to join a DC adaptation though following the recent work of his parents – Will Smith’s currently filming turn in “Suicide Squad” and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s role as Fish Mooney on the first season of FOX’s “Gotham”.