In a surprise announcement at the Milestone Media panel at DC FanDome, Reginald Hudlin says that a Static Shock live-action film is in development. An animated film is also possible as well.

This is a part of DC revitalizing Milestone Media, including a new Static Shock digital comic series set for February 2021, an original Static Shock graphic novel, and the return of Milestone’s Icon & Rocket. 

Beginning this September, select content from the Milestone will be remastered and available to purchase digitally.

Marc Bernardin was the panel’s moderator. It featured DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, Milestone partner/producer Reginald Hudlin, Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan, and Phil LaMarr, the voice of the Static Shock cartoon.

Hudlin said, “One of the things we’re really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media. When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said ‘Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It’s time to expand back into all those areas and then some.’ So we’re in serious conversations about, as we’re launching the comic book series, developing the ‘Static Shock’ movie. That will be a theatrical feature film.”

He continued, “We’re talking with other divisions at Warner Bros, even those in animated about doing [Milestone] feature films, and we’re also involved in extending the Milestone characters into new media…like podcasts with a series of stories on podcast. We want to deliver Milestone Media on whatever platform you want.”

Get a primer on the character below for more information and insight:

Virgil Hawkins, aka Static, first appeared in June 1993 In the comic books (and the animated show), the highlights of his origin story include a young Virgil Hawkins getting mixed up in a gang war that puts him in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the comics, the mutagen (Quantum Juice) that gives him his electromagnetic powers comes from radioactive tear gas that police use to “mark” gang members. The animated show still has the police (and the mutagen) involved, but instead, they use ruptured chemical containers. The incident was known as the “Big Bang” and all of those exposed developed new abilities, and they all aren’t good guys like Static. Static’s powers are of the electromagnetic variety. Most of his moves are strictly based on output and input. He can electrocute enemies, levitate objects (like manhole covers he frequently uses to fly on), and transfer electromagnetic taser punches that have the force of a stun gun. He can also drain electricity from power lines, fuse boxes, batteries — you name it!



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