Static: Film Screening and Meet the Cast!
January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
Join the cast and crew of STATIC – a local short film based on the iconic Milestone comic created by Dwayne McDuffie!
As his dad runs for city mayor, 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 takes a different angle and merges films such as The Dark Knight and Do the Right Thing: having a grounded, colorful, and engaging approach to the story. This production has also been keen on showing the diversity and what’s possible in the St. Louis area when it comes to film and has garnered the attention of thousands. Filmed in St. Louis you’ll notice many familiar backdrops in this film.
Who is Static?
Static’s first appearance was made in Static #1 (June 1993) in the Modern Age of Comic Books. Born Virgil Ovid Hawkins, he is a member of a fictional subspecies of humans with superhuman abilities known as metahumans. Not born with his powers, Hawkins’s abilities develop after an incident exposes him to a radioactive chemical. This event renders him capable of electromagnetic control and generation.
The character drew much inspiration and was in fact designed to represent a modern-era Spider-Man archetype. After the closing of Milestone Comics, Static was incorporated into the DC Universe and became a member of the Teen Titans team. A common misconception is that Hawkins is the son of fellow DC Comics superhero Black Lightning, who debuted much earlier and possesses electrical abilities.