In a casting move that’s so far baffled all of Twitter and even has most loyal fans up in arms, Warner Brothers has cast Jaden Smith in their upcoming Static Shock live-action adaptation.
During a recent interview with Flicks and the City, actor Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead, Everybody Hates Chris) ever so gently broke the news to our already fragile hearts. After stating that “there aren’t a lot of young, black superheroes,” two people in the background were heard shouting: “Static Shock” and “Spider-Man.” Those suggestions elicited an interesting response from Williams who said: “But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”
The son of Will ‘Getting Jiggy Wit It’ Smith, and winner of the most stale performance in the critically-bombed After Earth was rumored to play Static Shock for some time now. Warner bros. will be developing this project as a live-action digital series with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin.
Static Shock, real name Virgil Hawkins, is an African-American character who possesses electricity-based powers. He was created in 1993 by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon for Milestone Comics. Milestone was a branch of DC Comic created as a way to spotlight African-American and minority creators.
Source: Flicks and the City