Yup, I wasn’t expecting that either! But the legendary and not to mention TRUE story of how Superman battled the KKK is going to make its big screen debut.
Following Superman’s success in 1938 in Action Comics, our caped hero made his way onto radio in a show called The Adventures of Superman in 1941. The radio series ran until 1951, and during that time Superman took on the KKK in 1946 in a show titled “The Clan of the Fiery Cross”. This epic story is what we are getting an adaptation of. You can listen to the full episode featuring this story below for a better idea of what the film will be about.
There isn’t much information about this film yet as it is still early into the planning and development. However, we do know that it is going to be produced by Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films, AND we have an executive producer and a producer – Marco Vicini and Adi Shankar. If their previous work is anything to go by, it is going to be an interesting piece. The story is to be re-written by Katherine Lindberg, who is relatively new on the writing scene. It has been suggested that her plot will follow the book by Richard Bowers – Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan, which you can find out more about here. You can follow it’s progress on IMDB here, although the information is currently limited until it goes into production.
Empire Magazine interviewed the team involved with this project last year when it was first announced, and their vision of the film sounds perfect. Based on the interview, Empire has dubbed it to be similar to Hollywoodland, which is the film where we saw Ben Affleck posing as George Reeves Superman! In that interview, Bill Johnson from Lotus Entertainment stated that “the themes of this true story fall right in line with the type of stories that inspired me to want to make movies in the first place.” So with that said I think there is going to be a whole lot of passion gone into this film, and I wish it all the best.
Personally, I think it is a great idea to bring this iconic and TRUE story to the big screen, especially in a time like now. Although the KKK aren’t as active or followed as they once were, there is still hate against race and people that are different in some way, all over the world. This film will hopefully take a step towards tackling that, just like many other films and projects are. Awareness is KEY. I think that highlighting a story from WWII, which is still relevant just goes to show how far we still have to go.
As more and more awareness grows for the upcoming film, momentum will begin. This means we can expect more news very soon and perhaps some casting announcements!