Superman Vs the Ku Klux Klan is becoming a podcast from fandom and Dillon D. Jordan's PaperChase Films. This will be done in the style of the old Superman Radio Show, which ran from 1940- 1951. Hosting will be Roth Cornet, head of development for Fandom, along with Max Dionne, supervising producer and Michael Chiang, senior vice president of programming. Comedian Ed Greer will also co-host the show. It will start with 10 episodes. A film based on the book is also in pre-production.
The project is based on the true events recounted in Rick Bowers's 2012 novel of the same name, which chronicles the story of Stetson Kennedy, a man who went undercover to infiltrate the Klan in 1946. Unsure what to do with his findings, he partnered with the producers of the Superman Radio Show to make a series of episodes, titled 'Clan of the Fiery Cross', which exposed many of the group's secrets to a wider audience.
"We're excited to serialize Superman Vs The KKK in a format that recalls the days of radio-drama. The Fandom team brings an enormous amount of insight and talent to the project, and we're sure the results will be fantastic. There's something powerful here: a timely lesson on the dangers of systemic racism — an issue that modern audiences are sure to find compelling." Said Jordan.
"This story is an incredible mix of undercover journalism, brand activism, and the power of pop culture to change the world," added Cornet. "We live in an era where fans identify themselves by the things they love, so there is incredible power in harnessing this passion to make an impact."
Look for the release of the podcast later this year or early 2021.
First reported by Deadline