It doesn't sound like your average superhero flick, but Superman vs. the KKK will definitely have supervillains. And they will likely be wearing masks and capes. But maybe don't expect breathtaking CGI and over-the-top set pieces from Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Film's newly announced big-screen adaptation of Rick Bowers' 2012 YA book.
The nonfiction book, fully titled Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate -- tells the real-life story of the making of a 1946/47 radio drama in which the Man of Steel battles actual, factual forces of evil.
“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,” said producer Marc Rosen (via Deadline).
The book is being adapted by Katherine Lindberg, who wrote and directed a film called Rain back in 2001, but hasn't had a lot of credits since, which could just mean she's been working behind the scenes.
Regardless, she should have plenty to work with from the rich, non-fiction source material. The book (and presumably the film) follows a former Klan member who goes undercover and works with the Anti-Defamation League and the producers of the radio drama, while also weaving in what sounds like the story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and their creation of Superman back in the '30s.
Here's the book's official synopsis:
This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story of the Ku Klux Klan's development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the powers of fear and hate and of the folklorist who -- along with many other activists -- took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself -- a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times -- from the Great Depression to the present.
So yeah, not your everyday superhero movie. But compelling just the same, don't you think?