Is Jaden Smith going to play DC superhero Static?

Tyler James Williams drops a hint about Warner Bros' web series and expresses interest in playing Spider-Man

By Andrea Tim | Published: 26 May 2015

Jaden as Static?
Jaden Smith in 2013 film After Earth (Photo: Facebook)

Jaden Smith may be playing a DC Comics superhero, but it won't be an albino Batman (thank goodness).

According to The Walking Dead star Tyler James Williams, Jaden is going to be the electromagnetic superhero Static. In October 2014, Warner Bros revealed plans to turn the teen hero into a live-action digital series, Static Shock. If Jaden's attachment to the series is true, he follows the footsteps of his parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who are in Suicide Squad and Gotham (both DC titles) respectively.

Speaking to reporters at MCM London Comic Con, Tyler was asked if he'd like to play a comic book superhero. When someone behind the camera mentioned existing "young, black comic superheroes" to Spider-Man and Static, Tyler cheekily answered "I don't know what you're talking about," hinting that he could very well be interested in playing black Hispanic character Miles Morales, the second Spider-Man, if it ever happens.

"It's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden and we'll see what happens, with where Marvel decides to go with Spider-Man," said the 22-year-old actor, who rose to fame when he played a young Chris Rock in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.

When news broke about Marvel's plans for a Spider-Man reboot, many fans were hopeful that Tyler would be the next web-slinger. He revealed that he'd be disappointed if Marvel never brings Miles Morales to the screen, and thinks that the character would make a nice change to the superhero landscape.

Watch the full interview here.

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