It’s no secret that the DC Universe has run into a bit of trouble when it comes to Superman. One of the biggest superheroes of the Justice League — arguably, the biggest, if we’re being honest — hasn’t quite found his footing on the big screen. But Michael B. Jordan is hoping to change that.
According to Variety, Jordan pitched his fresh take on the Man of Steel to DC Films and its parent company, Warner Bros., earlier this year. There’s been no confirmation as to whether he’s a viable contender for the role, or even in the running, but if a Jordan-as-Superman/Clark Kent movie is greenlit, it wouldn’t hit theatres until at least 2023. At this point there’s neither a director nor a script attached to the project, and Jordan is already so busy with other work that his schedule wouldn’t allow him to commit to something this big for a while. But that could work to DC’s advantage. The company has been accused of trying to do “too much, too fast”, not giving audiences a chance to build an interest in its characters the way Marvel did with its slow lead-up to the first Avengers movie. Giving fans a few years to adjust from Henry Cavill to Jordan could be exactly what the franchise needs.
It would also allow fans to digest Jordan going from Marvel to DC. But others have done it (Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, Josh Brolin, Laurence Fishburne, Zachary Levi, J.K. Simmons, Angela Bassett and Ben Affleck, just to name a few); why not Eric Killmonger? If cast, Jordan would be the third actor to don the cape and tights (and glasses and suits) in recent years, following Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League). While DC is entertaining new ideas for the last son of Krypton, Cavill recently made it clear that he, personally, isn’t done with Superman just yet, telling Men’s Health that “the cape is in the closet” and it’s still his.
“I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on,” Cavill said in the mag’s December issue. “I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”
Unfortunately for Henry, DC might be done with him. And if they decide to move on and go with a former Marvel bad guy (though if we’re being technical, Jordan was also a Marvel good guy, having starred in the Fantastic Four remake prior to Black Panther), then that’s the way the Daily Planet turns.
But with lots of time to figure it all out, DC can focus on another character that has had a little trouble finding its footing: Batman. Having recast the role most recently played by Affleck with Robert Pattinson, the studio is clearly trying to pave the way to a different kind of world. And following the successes of Joker, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Shazam!, and with future films in the works centring on The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, and the highly anticipated Birds of Prey, DC looks to finally be on the right track. And it seems fitting that Superman (and, hopefully, Jordan), will be a part of this bright future too. Well, not too bright. This is the dark and gritty DC Universe, after all.