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The Next 'Superman' Will Be Black

The next Superman movie will feature a black actor in the lead role for the first time ever and a black director at the helm.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed novelist who expanded the world of "Wakanda" for Marvel comics, is also writing the script and is expected to turn it into Warner Bros bosses in December.

While it will be the first time that a black Superman will appear on the big screen, it will not be new ground for the DC comic icon.

A character called Calvin Ellis was first introduced in the 2009 series Final Crisis 7, as a Superman from an alternative universe.

That character is from 'Earth 23' where his civilian identity is also the president of the United States. Comic book writer Grant Morrison has said he was inspired by Barack Obama when he created the character.

But there is no indication that it will be this version of Superman who appears in Coates' script.

While no director or star has yet been announced there are several candidates for the roles.

Michael B. Jordan was rumored to be involved in developing a black Superman movie in 2019.

But he has since played down rumors he could be appearing in Coates' film, telling the Reporter last month: 'I'm flattered that people have me in that conversation. It's definitely a compliment, but I'm just watching on this one.'

It has also been suggested that bosses could pick a relatively unknown name for the new film - as they did when Brandon Routh donned the cape for 'Superman Returns' in 2006.

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