Video: ‘Static Shock’ Fan Film Made on $3K Budget Goes Viral

If the studios don’t give the people what they want, artistic super-fans will.

Earlier this month, we saw the release of a fan-made ‘Static Shock’ film that has all the buzz. David Kirkman teamed up with Vanguard Studios & JM Films and produced a 44-minute short film on one of the best super heroes in the DC Universe.

The official synopsis for Static reads as follows: “As his dad runs for city mayor, teenager Virgil Hawkins struggles with finding his place in the world and his newfound superpowers. Everything is put on the line when it’s discovered that some of the city’s gang activities are directly connected to those in power. Change is never easy, and the young hero is already in for the fight of his life.”

Static was reportedly made for a budget of $3,000, with production taking place in St. Louis, Missouri. As the production team reveals, “production began for one weekend in December 2017, with the intention of only creating a 10 minute short. Inspired by the potential of the project, [writer/director David] Kirkman took the next month to expand the story and research into the background and history of this character.”

Static initially debuted in the world of comics in 1993, eventually garnering a whole generation of fans with the early-2000s animated series Static Shock. Several attempts have been made to adapt his story once again, most notably in a failed live-action digital series that was rumored to star Jaden Smith. Fans have spent years wanting Static to appear in The CW’s Black Lightning series, but nothing has come of that yet.


Thank you, David.

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