A live-action movie adaptation of Rick Bowers' non-fiction book Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate is in the works, as first reported by Deadline. The movie is being developed by Lotus Entertainment, Paperchase Films, and Marco Vicini, with Katherine Lindberg writing.
“The themes of this true story fall right in line with the type of stories that inspired me to want to make movies in the first place,” said Lotus Entertainment Co-Chairman Bill Johnson. “We’re delighted to be partnering with PaperChase and are looking forward to a successful and enjoyable collaboration on this film with hopefully more to come in the future.”
The non-fiction novel Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan covers a 1946 Superman radio serial where the Man of Steel took on a thinly-veiled version of the KKK. The movie plot will reportedly revolve around the Superman radio show and a former KKK member who goes undercover with the group in Atlanta.
“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. “We’re excited to develop the thriller elements of the film in the vein of The Departed and Mississippi Burning.”
No production schedule for Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan has been given.