“Back in October rumors of Warner Bros first live-action web series based on DC Comics’ Static Shock were leaning towards Jaden Smith taking on the titular role. And it looks like that casting choice was set into motion, as Walking Dead actor, Tyler James Williams confirms (or lets slip) the decision in a recent interview.
Tyler James Williams discussed everything from his own activity in the Marvel universe to the lack of young black superheroes in his interview with Flicks And The City. And when the crowd shouted back to him two possibilities for young black actors, including Static Shock and Spider-Man, Williams responded:
I don’t know…What you’re talking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.
This is the first real confirmation of the rumor we heard back in October, but without the official announcement from DC and Warner Bros, we do have to take this with somewhat of a grain of salt. Williams seems pretty sure of the project though, and it sounded more like a slip than misguided information.
As Warner Bros. gears up to introduce some more superhero-based content, Jaden Smith as Static Shock is a welcome addition. With his father, Will Smith, taking on the role as Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad, and his mother Jada Pinkett Smith who played Fish Mooney in Fox’s Gotham, the Smith family certainly has a connection with DC…”