Watch: Regina King Learns For First Time She’s Rumored For Superman Directing Gig

I love this because I was actually watching The Cross Connection on MSNBC when this happened and chuckled at it. As Warner Bros. develops their plan for a new Superman movie, one featuring a script by Ta-Nehisi Coates that will center on a Black Man of Steel, we learned the studio was eyeing a certain group of Black filmmakers. On that list was Regina King, whose directorial debut One Night in Miami earned accolades across the board. Apparently, that she is even being considered for Superman was news to King, who found out about it live on air…

Show host Tiffany Cross was hosting a special dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, an event depicted in the first episode of HBO’s Watchmen, which starred King. During the interview, Cross asked straight up about the Superman rumors, and got a funny response from King who clearly had no idea…

“I’m curious, because this is a little bit of gossip. You’re rumored to be on the short list to direct Superman. You and Barry Jenkins, both of your names have been thrown out there Anything you want to tell us? Is there any news you can break this morning about those conversations?”, Cross asked.

“Tiffany, that is news to me. You have broke the news to me,” laughed King. “A news break, live on MSNBC! Yeah, no, I have not heard that until just now.”

Does this advance our knowledge of the situation at all? Not really, but I thought it was pretty cool to show that these rumors we traffic in every single day don’t always penetrate outside of our little spheres. Something tells me this bit of awkward but endearing honesty by King is going to make her more of a candidate for the job.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.