Deadline reports that Darnell Metayer & Josh Peters are set to write Val Zod, the HBO Max adaptation that Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society is producing for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Television.
Val Zod is the story of another Kryptonian with powers who hails from the same doomed planet as Superman. The hero is black, and he finds refuge on Earth 2. Like the original Man of Steel, he is sheltered on his adopted planet but eventually in the comics is pitted against a brainwashed Superman.
Metayer & Peters are prolific television and feature writers who broke onto the scene with their original pilot American Snow. Their project The Nola sold to Amazon with Sam Raimi directing. Their one-hour pilot, Hannibal, based on the life of the Carthaginian general Hannibal, they scripted for Scott Free and Endeavor Content. Apple preemptively bought it with Creed II helmer Steven J. Caple Jr attached to direct. They recently worked on Transformers: Rise of the Beasts for Paramount Pictures, set for release June 24, 2022. They’ve got an unexpected take on the iconic Earth-2 character’s origin story.
There has been clamor and speculation for Jordan to play the Man of Steel, but it is unclear whether he might star in this one. At this point he will be executive producer along with Elizabeth Raposo for Outlier Society. Jordan would certainly fill out the spandex admirably. Stefano Agosto, SVP Television for Outlier Society, will also oversee the project.