Fans of Superman are used to him fighting larger than life villains, like Brainiac and Darkseid. A new film in development though will pit him against the KKK.
The project Superman Vs. The KKK is being developed by Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films and will be executive produced by Marco Vicini (via Deadline). The project is being adapted from the original 2012 book by Rick Bowers, titled Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story Of How The Iconic Superhero Battled The Men Of Hate. The book details the true story of how the two grew in power and influence in the 1940's, and how they collided on the 1947 Superman Radio Show.
“The themes of this true story fall right in line with the type of stories that inspired me to want to make movies in the first place,” said Lotus Entertainment Co-Chairman Bill Johnson. “We’re delighted to be partnering with PaperChase and are looking forward to a successful and enjoyable collaboration on this film with hopefully more to come in the future.”
The plot will follow a former Klan member who works undercover with the Anti-Defamation League and the producer of the Superman radio show. Producer Marc Rosen says “Fighting the forces of evil with
PaperChase's Dillon Jordan said of the project “It’s both rare and vital to have the opportunity to align with a company like Lotus, where the creative vision matches the raw determination to bring exciting, commercially viable content to the marketplace. When presented with Superman Vs The KKK, we immediately knew we were working with a group who understand the importance of delivering profound and impactful cinematic experiences that resonate with audiences around the world.”
“The story behind Superman Vs the KKK really struck a chord with me," says producer Marco Vicini. "Right away I knew I wanted to relive it by being a part of the nonviolent resistance against oppression. It is a great honor to be able to embark on such a relevant and meaningful project with such a devoted and highly experienced team of like-minded individuals.”
No release date has been announced for the project as of yet.
DC and Warner Bros. have a full slate ahead, with åTeen Titans: The Judas Contract coming first on April 4, 2017. After that it's time for Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017. The Batman is expected sometime in 2018, with The Flash debuting on March 23, 2018. Aquaman is set for October 5, 2018, and Nightwing's solo feature is due sometime in 2019.