It seems some part of Micheal B. Jordan‘s rumored ties to Supeman may be true.
According to Collider, the actor’s production company, Outlier Society, is developing a Superman TV series centering on Val-Zod, the (New52’s) Earth-2 Superman created by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, and Robson Rocha. Orphaned after his parents’ execution on Krypton, he was one of handful of children to escape the planet’s destruction. On his journey through space, recorded messages from his parents counseled him toward pacifism. Trained by Lois Lane when he eventually made it Earth, Val also suffered from agoraphobia thanks to his time in the space capsule.
The alleged Val-Zod project has a number of unknown variables. Collider’s sources could not identify the writer reportedly already tasked with converting Val’s Earth-2 story into a script. Nor could they ascertain if the project is a feature or a limited series. They seem fairly certain that it will be live action, though. Unfortunately, that also means the possibility of Jordan starring as Val is another ambiguity.
If the project emerges, it will be completely separate from J.J. Abrams‘s Superman film, which is being written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and will feature a Black actor as Clark Kent.
Honestly, we’d like to see Val-Zod make it to the screen. He has some interesting narrative hooks which set him apart from Clark and other alternate Superman. In fact, he would make an interesting addition to Superman & Lois should this endeavor fail to materialize.