Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has revealed he'd be open to playing Superman, but he doesn't want to be the Clark Kent version of the iconic DC superhero. Jordan has been linked with the character in the past, but some fans were very vocal about Warner Bros. changing the Last Son of Krypton from his classic identity—that is, as a white male.
"It's tough. I hate being a business man and understanding both sides of the situation," Jordan said to Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode of her SuperSoul Conversations. "There is a huge upside to it, but being under that microscope, being picked apart and compared to so many different versions of Superman... I would rather do something original. I'll be Calvin Ellis."
"I think the comic book purists can accept that more than me being Clark Kent," he said. "That's a different thing."
While Ellis has only made a handful of appearances, it's not surprising that Jordan, a self-professed comics and anime fan, is familiar with the alternate universe hero.
In comics, Calvin Ellis is the Superman of Earth-23. He was created by Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke, making his debut in the 2009 event Final Crisis. This Superman was modeled on both President Barack Obama and boxer Muhammad Ali.
He does have similar traits to the classic Kal-El, however, as Calvin was born on Krypton as Kalel, only to be sent by hurtling through space by his parents, Jorel and Lara, before the planet's destruction. He landed on Earth where he was taken in by the Ellis family and raised to stand up in the name of justice.
Jordan deemed the links to Superman as "flattering," making mention to Oprah that Calvin also became President of the United States.