Seriously DC, a Static Shock film would be a good move.
Those familiar with his run in the comics lately may not see it as a great idea. After all his run in volume three of Teen Titans was rather short. Static’s relaunch title started strong, but ended up only making it to issue eight. Even so, he is a great character for movie material!
Let’s face it, most movies love to be PG-13. Something that especially upsets many fans of the character Wolverine. You know, the fact that many want to see a true R rated movie of Wolverine just ripping people to bloody messes, but instead get PG-13 violence which tends to lack blood while containing a Wolverine that’s not as feral and vicious as we’d like. A character like Virgil (Static Shock) would be great for this. His character’s a teenager in high school. Really in many ways he is a more modern DC version of Peter Parker. Virgil is a smart kid from a nice middle class family trying to help out his community. He’s a great character to aim at teens and toss on that PG-13 rating.
Why Static Shock?
Easy, and possibly more well known than realized!
First, DC and Marvel both have thought about (and in some cases made/are making) movies based on lesser known characters. Won’t get into detail beyond simply stating lesser known characters and/or comics have been given movies before, and it often works out well. The right cast with correct marketing and he can easily be a success. More so, lets not forget he did have a cartoon that ran from 2000-2004 that helps give him recognition to… well mainly to people in their 20s now which should help fill those theater seats.
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The movie industry lacks minorities. Especially movies that focus on someone of a minority, and super hero movies are, lets face it, HORRIBLE at this. Off the top of your head try and name a super hero movie where a minority was the star, or at least an EXTREMELY important supporting role. I can only think of two characters, and one really isn’t that important. Rhodes in the Iron Man films who, lets face it, really is not that important to any of the three films. The other would be Agent J in Men in Black, and really the only true leading minority in a comic based film I can think of. If WB/DC won’t give us Wonder Woman, why not Static Shock.
It doesn’t have to be complicated
It was claimed that a Wonder Woman film would be too complicated. I won’t get into my thoughts to why since its not the focus of this post, but Virgil’s story would be rather simple, and somewhat like Spider-Man’s. A teen kid gets powers and tries to figure out how to deal with them and help out his community, while keeping it hidden and also dealing with being a teenager. Simple and done before. Said story can easily be fit into that PG-13 rating.
A potentially good cast!
Earlier this year, ifanboy listed their dream cast for a live action Static Shock film. Personally Tahj Mowry would be my top choice, that is if he wasn’t 10 years too old for the role. Looking at who is available now, Jaden Smith would be a great choice. Not known like Tahj Mowry of playing extremely smart characters (and Virgil is a really smart character), Jaden has proven to be a competent actor, even if he probably is only in the industry due to his dad. Beyond Jaden… well just go look at ifanboy’s list. Its a great list, even if a couple names I don’t recognize, and another I’m unsure if they’d be my top choice.
Start making this!
The basic story behind it is tried and true. Simple, yet simple can easily make a great movie. A great (or at least really good) actor is the right age for Static, and plenty of good/great actors for supporting roles. Plus it easily fits into that beloved PG-13 rating and, if advertised right at least, could easily draw in crowds who didn’t watch the 2000s cartoon and are not familiar with him from the comics. Not to mention it could make waves to help DC’s image, which hasn’t always been that great when it comes to minorities.