Static Shock Returns as Live-Action Digital Series

Static Shock Returns as Live-Action Digital Series

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DC's electrifying teen superhero to become a live-action digital series

Warner Bros. has been making big waves with DC Comics superheroes on TV between Arrow, Gotham and The Flash. It was a bit surprising that there was only one DC hero in the studio's big announcement of the first slate of projects for its new digital-exclusive division, Blue Ribbon Content. But the lone hero they chose will likely make lots of fans very happy: Static Shock is back!

Originally created in 1993 by the late Dwayne McDuffie for Milestone Comics, Static Shock was a groundbreaking independent-imprint of DC that focused on a universe of predominantly minority superheroes from minority creators and has since been merged with the mainstream DC Universe continuity.

The character became the best known of the Milestone line after being adapted into a well-regarded animated series that was integrated into the DC Animated Universe. The character is an African-American teenager who acquires electromagnetic super-powers from an accident and adopts a superhero identity to battle supercriminals in his city. The new version will be overseen by Reginald Hudlin and Milestone/original-series veteran Denys Cowan. No release date or timetable has yet been set.

Source: THR

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Apparently turning superhero cartoons into live action shows for some odd reason instead of keeping them as cartoons is becoming a thing these days.

Well, color me intrigued! I enjoyed the animated series a lot and I'll regard this series with cautious optimism. Hopefully they won't cock it up and go 'oh, looks like a superhero series with a POC lead doesn't appeal to viewers'

immortalfrieza:
Apparently turning superhero cartoons into live action shows for some odd reason instead of keeping them as cartoons is becoming a thing these days.

Yeah really weird considering how much live action comic based films are making /s

It's probably got to do with the terrible toy sales from the cartoon Young Justice, Green Lantern and Beware the Batman that DC are giving up on cartoons and focusing on live action as that pulls in more advertising revenue afterall Flash, Arrow and Gotham are all doing well.

If only they'd done this a few years ago, Donald Glover could have been Virgil. That would have been a sight to see.

Well at least they are bringing him back. I really loved this cartoon as a kid and hopefully they will do justice to it.

SUPER HERO STATIC SHOCK WHOOP WHOOP!

Color me excited! I loved the animated series.

Static was one of my favorite super heroes as a kid. I can't freaking wait to see a live action version of him, going to be so wicked!

Now lets all remember that this is DC/WB we're talking about. So the only real question is how exactly are they going to screw up and ruin the character?

I really enjoyed the show, can't wait to see it get the Arrow treatment. Unless...they Gotham it up...bleh.

Wow this is great news! I cant believe static is finally going to make it to tvs across america again! Im stoked, I loved watching static as I grew. Him and his adventures were always a joy to behold. I don't quite know how I feel about it being live action but I guess i can let it slide if they do a good job with it.

Heres to hoping they put a shock to my system once again after so many years! GAH, I cant wait :D

I'm... actually, I'll be honest with you. I'm kinda seriously angry with this news actually. I am a big fan of Milestone comics. I respect what they had to go through to get where they were. I have a large collection of Static, Hardware, and Xombi comics. I even was pulling New 52 Static, and DC has mishandled, ignored, and downright abused Milestone Media's characters.

DC doesn't care about Milestone, and has shown so over and over. They aren't planning on using the characters again, unless the license is nearing lapse. They won't use them in team comics, and they only pull out Static to keep their grips on the character, not because they want to use him for anything substantial.

I will have to refuse to see this, even if I really want too, and hope Milestone can pick back up it's IP and publish under someone else.

Very much looming forward to this.

Nice, it was one of the best DC superhero cartoons out there. DC should stick to tv shows, they seem to do pretty well at them.

immortalfrieza:
Apparently turning superhero cartoons into live action shows for some odd reason instead of keeping them as cartoons is becoming a thing these days.

I suspect its a mix of both growing popularity among adults and that CGI can actually pull this stuff off. The Flash isn't necessarily gorgeous, but it isn't laughably bad.

Dwayne McDuffie Would be pleased, the cartoon was great. It's just a damn shame the Nu52 comic sucked Super monkey balls!

Static Shock? I'm... shocked to hear about that. :v...

ha...ha.. I apologize.

Anyoo, I'm looking forward to checking this out later, he was one of the more interesting heroes.

I'm not sure if i should put this out there as a possible casting choice for this movie but seeing as Will Smith's career took off after he stared in Fresh Prince of Belle Air, this could make a good jump off point for Jaden. As long as it doesn't become another After Earth (cringe) I wouldn't mind giving the kid a shot with this.

This news made me more happy than I thought I would be... Now, as long as they don't screw it up [that much], I'll be a happy black guy...

Thunderous Cacophony:
If only they'd done this a few years ago, Donald Glover could have been Virgil. That would have been a sight to see.

Ah shit... That would have been awesome as fuck!

I gotta say, I'm getting a bit annoyed by DC's fragmented approach at TV shows. They hit it out of the ball park with Arrow and the Flash, but then they create a bunch of unrelated spin offs that have nothing to do with those universes for no other reason than them being on different networks like Gotham, Constantine, the upcoming Teen Titans show, and now this. The show themselves aren't bad, but they would benefit a whole lot more from being under the same network.

First Lastname:
I gotta say, I'm getting a bit annoyed by DC's fragmented approach at TV shows. They hit it out of the ball park with Arrow and the Flash, but then they create a bunch of unrelated spin offs that have nothing to do with those universes for no other reason than them being on different networks like Gotham, Constantine, the upcoming Teen Titans show, and now this. The show themselves aren't bad, but they would benefit a whole lot more from being under the same network.

Well Geoff Johns did mention off handedly in an interview recently that a DC multiverse is not off the table. Which given that the Flash is apparently leading into some kind of Crisis event, either Flashpoint or Crisis on Infinity Earths, this could be very interesting.

Jonathan Hornsby:
Now lets all remember that this is DC/WB we're talking about. So the only real question is how exactly are they going to screw up and ruin the character?

Well, they're appointing Reginald Hudlin as the show runner, and based on what I heard that guy did with Black Panther...

 

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