During the Milestone Media panel at DC FanDome, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin revealed that there’s been ‘serious conversations’ about bringing the teen superhero to the big screen.
Static Shock first appeared in DC Comics back in 1993, focusing on Virgil Hawkins growing up in the city of Dakota with electricity based powers, who with the help of his inventive friend, fights crime as a superhero. After walking into an area where chemical containers explode, Hawkins is mutated, gaining powers to create, generate, absorb, and control electricity and magnetism.
In 2000 Static Shock would get an animated series that ran for four seasons, receiving multiple Daytime Emmy award nominations, with the main role voiced by Phil LaMarr. The character has also appeared in other DC animated series such as Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice.
At the panel, Reginald Hudlin said:
One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media. When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.
Phil LaMarr also appeared on the panel, saying:
Virgil is what I always wanted as a comic book kid growing up: Black Spider-Man. A good (comic-book) story can make you live it, feel it, and when it does, it resonates on a whole other level. It was so real world, and a textured story removed from the 1930s ‘We are exhibiting the world’. I felt like it was drawn by somebody who lived in a building I could go into. It touched on archetypes as a comic fan that I loved, but also touched on my life as a Black man in the real world.
Out of all the stuff to come out from DC FanDome today, this one definitely came as a surprise and one I think will make a lot of noise and get greenlit amongst the fanbase, as I feel the character is more popular than people realise. It will be interesting to see how this story develops.