Virgil Hawkins, aka Static Shock, was created by Milestone Media and DC Comics in the 1990s and starred in an animated Kids’ WB series in the early 2000s. The series received several Daytime Emmy Award nominations and is still very popular. considered by fans to be one of the few superhero series featuring a black character.
“One of the things that we’re really passionate about is that we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media,” said Hudlin. “When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about relaunching the Milestone line, we said, “Look, we all know this is a hit comic book and animated series. It’s time to come back to all of those areas, and then to some. As we launch the comic book series, we are seriously discussing the development of the movie “Static Shock”. It will be a theatrical feature film.
Hudlin also added that other characters in the Milestone Media comic book family can get projects in different forms.
“What we’re talking about is amazing,” Hudlin said. “We also speak to all the other divisions of Warner, for example the animation department. They make these amazing animated feature films for home entertainment. And we’re talking about making one of those feature films involving the characters from Milestone. We’re also looking at new media, like podcasts, and doing a series of stories that will be available on podcasts. We’ll deliver Milestone Media wherever you are, on the platform of your choice. ”
Panelist Phil LaMarr, who voiced Static Shock on the animated series, joked about who could direct the film and that he could even return to the live role with some “Irish” style aging technology.
“For this movie, talk to me at Scorsese, right?” he said. “They have the technology, I could play 14.”
In 2015, Hudlin helped relaunch Milestone Media. He was president of entertainment at BET from 2005 to 2008 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture as a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”.
No further details have been given about “Static Shock ”’s move to the big screen, but it will star in a digital comic book series in February 2021.