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The DC live-action universe is a fascinating place, and its one that always keeps the fandom on its toes. The film world has had plenty of peaks and valleys, and it's largely unclear how the shared universe will function in the next few years. One of the biggest question marks surrounding the DCEU is Henry Cavill's Superman, as its been heavily rumored that the actor is actually flying away from Smallville forever. While still unconfirmed, this report could indicate that DC needs a new Man of Steel, with plenty of names already being throw around. One of them is Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, in what could be his third comic book role. Now an artist has imagined Jordan as Superman, and it's awesome. Check it out.
This new image comes to us from artist Boss Logic, who frequently imagines actors as popular comic book characters. He once again struck gold with this rendering of Michael B. Jordan's Superman, which is in stark juxtaposition to the suit Henry Cavill has rocked in three DC movies. It's a comic book faithful adaptation of DC hero Val-Zod, who is a comic character who took on the mantle of Superman. Michael B. Jordan is the perfect actor to bring the character to live-action, so the above image is sure to excite all the hardcore fans who have been waiting for Val-Zod to become a larger character with casual audiences.
In the DC comics, Val-Zod is another Kryptonian who managed to escape the planet before its horrifying destruction. A friend of Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl), he too crash landed on Earth and was adopted. A pacifist by nature, he was far more sheltered from the world while growing up and developing his abilities. It's a comic plot point that has accrued a cult following, and seems like a great way to keep the Man of Steel franchise going after Henry Cavill (and therefore Clark Kent) depart the DCEU.
With both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck heavily rumored to be leaving their DC role, Warner Bros. is going to have to do some clever planning and writing to keep the shared live-action universe going. One possible route for seismic changes come with the developing Flash movie. If the Flashpoint comic is adapted, Ezra Miller's Flash could change the universe's timeline, therefore giving DC a chance to write out certain actors.
Regardless of plot lines, it would seemingly easy to bring Val-Zod into the DCEU, as long as the story is interesting enough. And landing a star like Michael B. Jordan may be the perfect way to get fans interested in a Superman.
The next installment in the DCEU will be James Wan's Aquaman on December 21, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.