It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman going toe to toe with the Ku Klux Klan because this is 2017 and race-related hate crimes are still very much a problem in our country! Seriously, though, Clark’s about to wreck some Klansmen.
In 1946, Stetson Kennedy approached the producers of the popular The Adventures of Superman radio drama series with a novel idea: the Man of Steel should take on the KKK as a response to the organization’s post-WWII rise in popularity. Stetson, who had recently infiltrated the Klan in an effort to learn about their secrets, suggested crafting a story in filled with codewords and rituals the group used so as to expose some of their practices to the public.
Stetson’s collaboration with the producers led to the ratings giant Clan of the Fiery Cross arc for the show and now Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are adapting the story of Stetson’s work into a film.
“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,” producer Marc Rosen told Deadline. “We’re excited to develop the thriller elements of the film in the vein of The Departed and Mississippi Burning.”
The film’s being adapted from author Rick Bowers’ novelization of Stetson’s story and doesn’t have a release date as of yet.