Static Shock Comes To The Big Screen

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Michael Davis writes,

I’m so happy I can hardly breath!

Static Shock! The character created by Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, Christopher Priest, Dwayne McDuffie and myself is on its way the big screen!!

Soon and I mean VERY SOON, Virgil, Richie and Sharon will be given their long overdo due on the big screen! I’m ecstatic, delighted, and blissful that finally my friends and family will be able to sit down in a theater and rejoice in the wonder that is Static Shock!

Sookie, Sookie, NOW!!!

Err, white people ask somebody.

Get on the GOOD FOOT!

Ditto.

CAN YOU FEEL IT?

Perhaps it’s best you have a Black person read this to y’all.

I need to testify!

Yeah, that would be best.

Can I get a witness?

Look, just call Leroy and stop punishing yourself.

I’M KING OF THE WORLD!!!!

That one you should have no problem with. Think big boat, Leo & Kate.

Man oh, man, I still can’t believe Static Shock will FINALLY coming to the big screen.

Thank You Jesus!

I just got off the phone with Rich Johnston and I was happy to do an interview with Rich! Here’s an excerpt:

Bleeding Cool: Where were you when you found out Static would soon be on the big screen?

Davis: I was at Walmart of all places.

Bleeding Cool: What did you think?

Davis: I thought, “This is a great day!”

Bleeding Cool: Have you talked to the other Milestone founders?

Davis: Why the hell should I?

Bleeding Cool: I would think a Static Shock movie would be something the founders would want to celebrate together.

Davis: Rich, I don’t know what excites you guys in London but it’s not that big a deal.

Bleeding Cool: Not that big a deal? This is major entertainment news!

Davis: Rich, I just brought an 80-inch flat screen and as soon as it’s hooked up, Static Shock will be all over my home theater. That’s a big deal to me but it doesn’t warrant a call to Denys or Derek…wait a sec…did you think I meant a movie release in theaters?

BHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I’m… sorry…snicker… but… snicker … that…Bah… that…BHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I’m not sure but I could have sworn I heard; “Goddamn Davis! If only he didn’t have those photos he’d never write for Bleeding Cool again!”

Then he hung up.

Come on people, a Static Shock movie? That makes no sense!

Why on earth would anyone want to do a movie or live action television show on one of the most popular animated shows EVER?

Don’t be silly people. I mean just because today, (well as of this writing, THAT today, lord knows when I will or if I will finish this. It’s only by the grace of Go..Rich, I still have a forum here and after my ‘interview’ that’s not looking so secure. Yeah, I’ve had a rough year but a weekly article every now and whenever? That can’t last much longer.

Haters! Try and contain yourselves!

But I digress. Checks in the mail Mr. David.

I ask again, why on earth would you want to take the most successful Black superhero in the DCU and make a movie out of it? Why just today, (maybe) Entertainment Weekly named Static Shock one of be best-animated shows ever from a comic book.

Is you stupid?

That makes no sense when you can make Superman Icon Black. Batman, Black the Flash’s wife Iris, Black, Spider-Man half Black, Captain America, all Black, The Avenger’s very Black. It makes NO sense what so ever!

I ask yet again, is you stupid?

Why make a movie when could simply colorize the movies made out of all the above? Duh. Shit we have plenty of great Black superhero movie which all made mucho bucks! In the thousands and thousands of dollars!! Who can forget the GREAT Blank Man? Solo? *Meteor Man? Shit! Don’t forget Warner Brothers and DC did the DADDY of all Black superhero movies.

How could anyone forget Steel?

I can’t and lord knows I’ve tried but that film is engrained in my mind. Shaq’s a friend and I remember the very day he asked me what I thought of the movie. I was so moved by that picture my answer was to start weeping like a little girl. A little girl remembering the day I saw my best friend, my puppy purposely run over by my beloved daddy.

I know, I know, there are millions of Static fans; in fact the ‘movie’ poster running with this article is an example of fans making their own Static Shock films. There are dozens maybe hundreds perhaps thousands of fan films out there.

If you go to https:/twitter.com/ReviveStatic you will see another in a long line of fan attempts to see Static made into a TV show or film. That’s just silly! I mean why not continue to make movies like the one about the Black Superman (Steel…sniffle) where Steel (the Black Superman, sniffle), sorry I need a moment…

Like I was saying; why not continue to make movies like the one about the Black Superman (you know the one) where the Black Superman doesn’t even get to wear the ‘S’?

Now that’s the way to use the old Hollywood noddle!

Also, who needs a movie about a hip young mega successful Black superhero that already has a MASSIVE fan base? Nobody obviously, not when you can make fantastic superhero TV shows where nobody’s really a superhero or wearing a costume?

Well, the TV’s on the wall, the popcorn is ready and the lights are out.

It also seems the lights are out at Warner Bros but after a long day of developing Green Lantern 2: The Rise Of John Stewart they deserve a good nights sleep.

Or maybe they’ve had enough sleep. They’ve been sleeping on Static for over 20 years.

Michael Davis is an artist, writer, mentor, and entertainment executive. 

His positions as an entertainment executive include: President & CEO of Motown Animation & Filmworks, President of Animation at Magic Johnson Entertainment, President of Publishing at Blackboard Entertainment, and Vice President, Director Of Talent, and Co-founder of Milestone Media. He’s created, written, illustrated, or produced original content for comics, television, radio, publishing, and reading programs as an independent producer. Alumni from his Bad Boy Studio mentor program are some of the most respected talents working in comics, television, and illustration today.

Current projects include graphic novels, The Underground from Dark Horse and Jackie Robinson Day 1, mainstream novels such as Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Black People But Were Afraid To Ask from Full Court Press, White Winter, Black Night Books 1-4 from Simon & Schuster. The Littlest Bitch from Sellers Publishing (with David Quinn) is in its third printing and currently in development for television.

Michael is also the creator and host of The Black Panel, a powerhouse forum that brings together some of the biggest names in the African American media space.

Among his honors and awards are Mentor Of The Year from Mentor Magazine 1995, The Michael Davis Auditorium named at The Gordon Parks Academy 1996, Renaissance Award from the Arizona Black Film Festival 2006, and The Inkpot Award at Comic Con International 2013.

He fully realizes his bio is now the longest and most corporate of the BC contributors, something his haters will no doubt consider just another way to talk about himself.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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