Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
LOS ANGELES — "Superman & Lois" writer Nadria Tucker reveals her contract won't be renewed to contribute teleplays for the new CW show going forward. Tucker received the news in November, and she believes her firing has nothing to do with her performance.
Rather, she cites a toxic work environment and racism, particularly her disapproval of casting the series' primary black actor as the story's villain.
“In the grand scheme of things that have happened to people in the course of working in Hollywood, I have not experienced a fraction of the worst stuff that happened," Tucker revealed in an interview with the HuffPost. "But the level of microaggressions and toxicity is just so pervasive that it’s almost unavoidable."
“What’s crazy is that it never felt completely toxic at the time," Tucker continued. "As a writer, you pitch things and you expect to get your pitches rejected. And then, cumulatively, you realize that all of your pitches that are getting rejected are a certain type of pitch.”
Tucker also pointed out the use of inappropriate Me Too Movement jokes, which allegedly appeared in scripts she worked on, via Twitter. Once such tweet came on November 6, 2020:
"Some personal news: Wednesday I got word that my contract on Superman and Lois won't be extended, my services no longer needed, my outline and draft subpar (obviously I disagree with that last bit lol). This, after months of me flagging #metoo jokes in dialogue 1/2"
Tucker also addressed the casting of Wolé Parks as Captain Luthor:
“I said, ‘You know, this is not a good look. You want to have representation so that people of color are not only depicted as the villains. And Todd [showrunner Todd Helbing] responded with, ‘We’ll see what we can do. We may have to ship them in because there are not a lot of Black people in Canada."
"Superman & Lois" films on location in Surrey, British Columbia.
“So, that was the kind of response I would get, which, you know, my response to that was, there are Black people in Canada," Tucker continued. "You can find them. I don’t know if that’s the response he wanted to get. I don’t know if he wanted me to laugh, if that was a joke. But it was not funny.”