It is the modern day comic book that needed to happen; imagine a world where only Black people have superpowers. In a turbulent time for the Black Lives Matter Movement, Warner Bros. has acquired the feature adaption rights to Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3’s co-created Black Mask Studios comic series Black from Studio 8.
The synopsis reads: “After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.”
As reported by Deadline, the script has been written by Bryan Edward Hill, a producer on DC-led Titans. Jeff Robinov, Guy Danella, and John Graham will produce Black along with Studio 8, with Black Mask Studios’ Matteo Pizzolo. Brett Gurewitz will serve as the executive producer. The studio is still looking for a director to lead the film.
The comic book iteration gained attention in 2016 through a kickstarter campaign and became widely available in 2017. As it heads to the silver screen in the forthcoming years, it will surely start a new era of Black people represented more widely as protagonists in superhero productions as did the Black Panther in 2018.
“Part of the inspiration for Black came from my experiencing the lack of representation in comics publishing and how that directly relates to the scarceness of black characters,” Osajyefo said in a statement. “For most of comics’ history, white outcasts have been used as allegories for marginalized groups while claiming to reflect the world outside our window. BLACK strips away this veneer to juxtapose superpowers with race while allowing black people to see ourselves authentically in media and inviting wider audiences into parts of our experience. We’re excited to bring this story to everyone through film, and thankful to Studio 8 for believing in it.”
Stay tuned for further developments.