The Black Mask comic series explores a universe where only Black people have superpowers and was created by Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. Now, the rights for the feature film adaptation has been acquired by Warner Bros.
“Part of the inspiration for Black came from my experiencing the lack of representation in comics publishing and how that directly relates to the scarceness of Black characters,” Osajyefo said. “For most of comics’ history, white outcasts have been used as allegories for marginalized groups while claiming to reflect the world outside our window. Black strips away this veneer to juxtapose superpowers with race while allowing Black people to see ourselves authentically in media and inviting wider audiences into parts of our experience. We’re excited to bring this story to everyone through film, and thankful to Studio 8 for believing in it.”
The story centers on one young man who survives a violent event and realizes that he is part of these extraordinary people, but a secret consortium wants to control these abilities and those who possess them, and he soon finds himself at the center of a war over the future of mankind itself Deadline reports.
“We became involved in the development of this story over a year ago,” Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov stated. “Black represents a new generation of storytellers and creators who can accurately tell black stories with the type of care the industry has lacked for decades. The thought-provoking concept caught our attention early on, and we’re proud to play a role in bringing this story to the screen.”
Black first gained traction after its Kickstarter raised $90,000 and has since then launched many comics/books in collaboration with artists/writers such as Jamal Igle, Khary Randolph, Jennifer Johnson, Vita Ayala and Liana Kangas.
Jeff Robinov, Guy Danella, and John Graham will produce from Studio 8 with Black Mask Studio’s Matteo Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz to serve as producer and executive producer. Though a director has not been selected yet, audiences can look forward to seeing this comic-based film hit the big screen in the future.