Author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the script for an upcoming Superman film. This film which has yet to receive an official title will be released by Warner Bros. The studio made an official announcement on Friday confirming its decision to select Coates.
Coates is not mainly known for his work in the film world. The bulk of his portfolio is in literature. Some of Coates’ best-known books include Between the World And Me, The Beautiful Struggle, and We Were Eight Years in Power. Most of his literary work is related to the topics of American history as well as the conception of race and racism in the country.
The Superman script will not be Coates’ first foray into superhero-related writing. Since 2016, Coates has been writing comics for Marvel’s Black Panther comic series alongside artist Brian Steelfreeze. His work on Black Panther will come to a conclusion in April. When the comic series was adapted into a film in 2018, Coates was thanked in the film’s credits.
In a statement regarding his role in the future Superman film, Coates said, “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films, and Bad Robot is an honour. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
The movie will be produced by J. J. Abrams. Neither a director nor a lead actor has yet been named. Abrams was enthusiastic about the contributions which he expected Coates to make to the film.
“There is a new, powerful, and moving Superman story yet to be told,” said Abrams. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen.”
The selection of Coates as the writer of the film’s script proved to be a divisive one. Film analysts and critics who were vociferously in favour of the selection were matched by those who strongly opposed it.
In his analysis of what Coates might bring to the film, David Crow wrote, “(The film will) highlight how much welcome potential there is in Coates’ stewardship of the cinematic Superman.” Crow also anticipated Coates’ script to add a layer of fascination and intrigue to the film.
On the other hand, fellow film analyst Eric D. July lambasted Warner Bros.’ selection of Coates. In a video review, July said of Coates, “There was no proof that he had even written or was even fan-connected to this material, which leads me to believe that he only got a position because of his politics.” July also criticized an ongoing trend in superhero films which he believed to be indicative of token representation rather than true inclusivity.
1st March 2021 15:33
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