'Black Lightning' creator would pick Hardware and Icon from Milestone comics if he had a choice
The second season of 'Black Lightning' will deal with themes from bridge-building to family and community
We have been introduced to an amazing superhero in the form of 'Black Lightning', thanks to creator Salim Akil. But do you know who Akil would choose if he had the chance to use one of the heroes of Milestones comics to be a part of 'Black Lightning'? Hardware.
Hardware, created by comics legends Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan, is a genius inventor who uses a variety of high-tech gadgets to fight organized crime in his Hardware identity. However, he never suspects that his employer, whose resources Hardware uses, is actually a crime boss himself.
While fans have been suggesting Static, another hero from the Milestones comic, Akil said that his first choice will still be Hardware as he would be able to bring a fresh perspective to the series. He also said that having both Static and Black Lightning in the same show could end up feeling a bit redundant.
He also talked about one more hero, whose inclusion would be "interesting". "Icon is conservative, so that would be interesting," said Akil to Comicbook.
The second season of 'Black Lightning' will deal with themes from bridge-building to family and community. This season will also introduce new metahumans and continue the show's use of Freeland's Green Light epidemic as a metaphor for the American Opioid crisis.
The show's political leaning is left-to-center on the spectrum and the culture of the show has been predominantly black. This will continue in the upcoming season as well, although Akil has repeatedly talked about building bridges to unite Americans divided along the lines of class, race and party.
"We introduced the drug Green Light, sort of paralleling the introduction of crack into the African-American community, opioids into the white community," Akil explained during Comic Con.
"So I think people can identify with that. One of the biggest stereotypes that is out there, is that all white people are rich and doing great... That is one of the worst stereotypes because what it tends to do is divide us. If we could find those common grounds and see that we are all sort of suffering and dealing with the same shit - crack, opioids, 'I need a better job. I need a better school, a better education.' - So going into this new season, we're going to debunk that stereotype so that we can see each other. Someone was asking me, what genre would I want to do if I wasn't doing this genre. I want to do the genre of bridge-building. The fact that that bridge hasn't been built, has been f---ing us up for a while now."
Black Lightning returns tonight at 9 pm.