Jaden Smith Rumored For Static Shock

by Russ Burlingame

Karate Kid and After Earth star Jaden Smith is being considered to star in the upcoming, live-action Static Shock digital series for Warner Bros., according to Flickering Myth.

The series, announced this week, is set to be produced by comic writer and Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin.

The article notes that Smith's parents are already developing a bit of a working relationship with Warner Bros., now that Jada Pinkett Smith is a series regular on Gotham and Will Smith is in negotiations for Suicide Squad

Static Shock features the character Static, originally created in 1993 by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon for Milestone Comics, the short-lived DC Comics imprint meant to increase representation of African-American creators and characters.

Static, whose real name is Virgil Hawkins, possesses electricity-based powers.

The character is most recognized for the Static Shock animated series that aired originally on Kids WB, and was part of the shared DC Animated Universe. Following the events of Final Crisis in 2009, Static – and the other characters from Milestone’s “Dakotaverse” – were introduced into the DC Comics universe, with Static joining the Teen Titans in a series from Felicia D. Henderson of Fringe and Gossip Girl fame.

Following the New 52 reboot three years ago, Static had a short-lived (8-issue) solo series that launched with the publisher's first wave of new comics.

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.