Following the news that British actor Henry Cavill would be stepping down from his role as Superman, new reports have emerged that the next Superman may be a man of color.
According to Deadline, who were first to break the story, his replacement may already be lined up in the mould of the dashing and talented Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan.
Warner Bros want to take the franchise in a new direction and see Jordan as the perfect man to do this.
The cool actor came to prominence in the cult HBO series The Wire before landing a string of indie roles in films such as Fruitville Station, for which he won rave reviews.
In his most recent role as Erik Killmonge in Black Panther, New Yorker's Anthony Lane described Jordan's performance as being 'twice as pantherish as the Panther.'
High praise indeed.
Owing to the movie far exceeding expectations, Disney is preparing to lobby Academy members if Entertainment Weekly is to be believed. Apparently, Disney hopes the Marvel film will be considered in stellar categories, such as Best Picture, Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Original Score and Original Song (for 'All the Stars').
In other words, nearly all of them.
What are your thoughts on Jordan becoming the first black Superman? Is it going too far to have a black man play a Caucasian comic creation? Or does it not matter what the race of the original character was?
Whatever your thoughts, let us know in the comments below.