Jaden Smith to play DC Comics superhero Static Shock

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Actor Tyler James Williams, best known for his role as Chris in Everybody Hates Chris, has seemingly let slip that Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness and The Karate Kid) has been cast as DC Comics teen hero Static Shock.

Speaking recently during a Comic Con interview, Williams said: “There aren’t that many young black comic book super heroes. It’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”

The Hollywood Reporter revealed towards the end of last year that projects were starting to develop at Warner Bros.’ digital production unit, and this revelation from Williams would suggest things are continuing to move forwards.

The character will appear in Warner Bros.’ digital live-action adaptation of the comic, Static, which was first published under the Milestone Comics imprint of DC Comics in 1993.

Created by the late Dwayne McDuffie, who co-founded Milestone Media which was known for introducing minority superhero characters, Static Shock (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) is an African-American hero with the ability to wield and manipulate electricity.

If this news is indeed factual, Jaden Smith will be following in the recent superhero footsteps of his father, Will Smith, who is currently filming in his role as Deadshot for the film Suicide Squad.

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