Back in October of last year, Warner Bros. announced the studio was developing a live-action Static Shock digital series based on Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and artist John Paul Leon's superhero comic Static. My only knowledge of this character comes from seeing a few episodes of the animated TV series back in 2000, but I know he's a beloved character and fans have wanted to see a live-action take on him for a long time. For those who don't know, Static is Virgil Hawkins, a kid imbued with electromagnetic powers after being exposed to mutagenic gas.
As far as the official word goes, we haven't heard anything from WB since the initial announcement about the development (with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin producing). But unofficially, we may have just found out who's playing the main character in the new digital series.
Actor Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, The Walking Dead) recently spoke with Flicks and the City, and in discussing the idea of him potentially playing Miles Morales in Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man film — which would be cool, but seemingly very unlikely considering the recent rumors we've heard — he drops some info about the Static Shock series that might be of interest to fans. Consider this an unconfirmed rumor for now, but during the interview, he says:
"It's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden..."
That could just be Williams recounting a rumor that he heard, or he could have inside info on the subject, but again, let's consider this unconfirmed for now. Still, with his father Will on set right now working on Suicide Squad for WB, it's not like it would be much of a stretch for the company to bring Jaden into the fold. What do you think? Is Jaden a good fit for Static Shock?