Report: Jaden Smith to Play Superhero Static Shock

Report: Jaden Smith to Play Superhero Static Shock

Actor Tyler James Williams confirms Smith's role in upcoming live-action series.

Published May 25, 2015

Jaden Smith will play superhero Static Shock in a forthcoming live-action series, actor Tyler James Williams inadvertently confirmed during a Comic-Con interview with Flicks and the City.  

The former Everybody Loves Chris-turned-Walking Dead actor mentioned Smith while discussing diversity in superhero characters. Williams noted that there are a lack of “young Black superheroes” just as two people in the background can be heard yelling out “Static Shock” and “Spider-Man.” 

He grins and replies, “It’s great to see Static Shock as Jaden. We’ll see which way Marvel decides to go with Spider-Man.”  

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Static Shock is a Black teenage superhero with the power to control electricity. The character was introduced by DC Comics in 1993. Reports that Smith was up for the role began circulating last fall.  

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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