Adi Shankar, producer of Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ anime, has signed on to produce the live-action film ‘Superman Vs. the Ku Klux Klan’, based on the true story of journalist Stetson Kennedy, who went undercover to expose the Klan, the white supremacist hate group that saw a surge in popularity after World War II. In a very unlikely collaboration, Kennedy teamed with the producers of the popular ‘Adventures of Superman’ radio show for a multi-part series entitled ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’, in which the Klan’s activities and ceremonies were described in great detail.
This amazing chapter of comic history was chronicled in Rick Bowers’ 2012 book, also entitled ‘Superman Vs. the Ku Klux Klan’. The film version will be delivered by PaperChase Films and will also be produced by Marc Rosen and Marco Vicini.
Shankar expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating:
“Superheroes operate outside the scope of law and offer us hope that someone will rise up and protect us when government and other institutions cannot or will not. This story shows the power of the superhero mythology and its tangible impact on the physical world.”
“Adi Shankar has long been inspired to fight for just causes; he has successfully taken on the status quo and broken barriers long seen as insurmountable. This story highlights the power of the people against the alarming resurgence of some the darkest chapters of our country’s past. It is as historical as it is timely, as the nation is once again facing challenges to the principles of truth, justice and The American Way.”
When this project was first announced last year, Rosen stated:
“Fighting the forces of evil with brain over brawn, artists taking down bullies and the power of a good piece of content, it’s a real case of truth being cooler than fiction.”
“The story behind Superman vs. the KKK really struck a chord with me. Right away I knew I wanted to re-live it by being a part of the nonviolent resistance against oppression. It is a great honor to be able to embark on such a relevant and meaningful project with such a devoted and highly experienced team of like-minded individuals.”
Check back for updates. It appears this project is still in pre-production.
You can listen to the first chapter of ‘The Adventures of Superman’, “Clan of the Fiery Cross” below (brought to you by Kellogg’s Pep cereal!):
Source: Den of Geek