Race-focused essayist and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to pen the script for a feature reboot of Superman that will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
“To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity,” said J.J. Abrams.
Given how large race hatred looms in the world of Coates, and how he has all but gutted and shamed Marvel’s Captain America comic series, this was a surprising move by Warner Bros., particularly with the popularity of Henry Cavill in the role of the last son of Krypton, and Zack Snyder’s upcoming re-cut of Justice League for HBO Max. But then we learned that the project is being set up as a ‘black Superman story’. Then it all made sense.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has a long history of thoughtful writing about race, but his gruesome passages regarding the terror attacks on 9/11 in his book “Between the World and Me“, were very troublesome for those that support firefighters, first responders, and… well, America in general. In it, he writes of the police and firefighters who died running into the burning buildings in a forlorn effort to save all the people whose bodies were about to be obliterated into dust, “They were not human to me. Black, white, or whatever, they were menaces of nature; they were the fire, the comet, the storm, which could — with no justification — shatter my body.”
Coates has detached himself from his fellow countrymen saying “[L]ooking out upon the ruins of America, my heart was cold. I had disasters all my own . . . . I would never consider any American citizen pure. I was out of sync with the city.” Throughout this book, and many of his writings, Coates talked about the evils of white people and their tool of racial oppression, the police. He also insisted that America was still a country of racial supremacy, even while, as he wrote the book, America had a black president and black attorney general.
In spite of being known for writings like this which are divisive, hateful and incredibly pretentious, Marvel Comics gleefully handed him the keys to Captain America and Black Panther, and both titles soon began to suffer in sales and content quality, just like many predicted. Much of the problem was that Coates’ worldview tainted the books, which zig-zagged between shaming the lead characters or putting his personal politics in their word balloons and storylines.
This surprising decision by Warner Bros. may have begun when Michael B. Jordan tried to develop a Black Superman project back when he first arrived at the studio with his deal in 2019, but that did not go very far at the time. Perhaps the studio could return to Jordan to star down the line. As of today, this is the first DC feature known to be in development under Abrams’ expansive WarnerMedia deal, but he has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine.
The person DC hired to write the new Superman movie ladies & gentlemen: pic.twitter.com/TmeU6R6dI5
— thatstarwarsgirl77 (@thatstarwarsgrl) February 27, 2021
Coates has such a well documented history of reminding America of its shame via his stunted version of America. It’s unfortunate that Coates reflexively racializes everything. He used to be a sensitive writer who thought and said interesting things. Then racial anxiety wasted his mind. Now he makes millions by catering to the racial anxieties of guilty white liberals like Abrams and the suits at WB. And with the production quality that J.J. Abrams will bring to this, it could turn out to be a beautiful vision through very ugly lens of this great nation and the legacy of Superman.
I predict this won’t end well.