At the DC Fandome panel on Saturday, filmmaker Reginald Hudlin revealed that a movie for Static Shock has gone through serious conversations and is currently in the works. Hudlin also confirmed that Static Shock will get a theatrical release.
“One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media,” stated Hudlin at the panel. “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.”
Hudlin is involved with expanding Milestone Media which is anticipating more projects since their launch in 1993, known for superheroes like Icon, Rocket and Static Shock. Hudlin also is best known for earning an Oscar nomination for best picture as a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
Regarding Milestone Media’s involvement, Hudlin commented, “We’re talking with other divisions at Warner Bros, even those in animated about doing (Milestone Media) feature films, and we’re also involved in extending the Milestone characters into new media, like podcasts with a series of stories on podcast. We want to deliver Milestone Media on whatever platform you want.”
Static Shock follows a teenage boy, Virgil Hawkins, in the city of Dakota with electricity based powers, fights crime as a superhero along with his inventive, savvy best friend. After walking into an area where chemical containers explode, Hawkins is mutated, gaining powers to create, generate, absorb, and control electricity and magnetism. Now, Static Shock will take on the big screen; it was an early 2000 animated series that aired the WB Television network’s WB programming block.
Phil LaMarr, who voiced Static Shock on the animated series, was also present on today’s panel and he stated, “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.”