Now it looks like there might be some forward momentum and we might even see Henry Cavill return to don the cape and tights. While it was reported that J.J.
Abrams was working on bringing a Black Superman to screen with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, that script might be retooled as a return for Henry Cavill instead.
Abrams had signed on with Warner Bros for a huge contract that would have him producing various projects for the media production giant.
Apparently, the studios have been getting antsy to see some forward motion on these DC projects, which might be why they’re wanting to capitalize on a Superman script that is nearly done.
This would be a strange move if it turns out Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote the script with a Black Superman in mind.
Also, the movie was rumored to be siloed from the primary DCEU, so it likely wouldn’t have been written with regard to Henry Cavill’s character.
Still, it’s always possible to make rewrites if necessary. The status of the J.J. Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates project would likely not affect the other Black Superman that would be coming to HBO Max.
That project is being developed by Michael B. Jordan and will introduce Val-Zod, an Earth-2 character who is not the same Kryptonian as Kal-El — the Superman most are familiar with.