Salim Akil Other Superheroes To Join ‘Black Lightning’


Black Lightning showrunner, Salim Akil is now campaigning for the “Lightningverse” and expressed a desire for a few other superheroes to make appearances in the CW series.

“Yeah, let’s hope so,” Akil had said when he was asked if Black Lightning may include other heroes.

“I know this show is topical, and it has some political merit to it, but we also want to entertain and make people laugh and get them excited about the fight sequences, and the characters that are coming in, as well as the villains that are coming in,” Akil had said.

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“We hope it will be a well-rounded experience so yes, we’d love to see other superheroes come through.”

Black Lighting exists outside the Arrowverse (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow) and this is a conscious move, and they wanted the show to be tonally different.

When he had been asked to name a superhero he would like to see, Akil said Virgil Hawkins (Static).

“Static could be interesting,” Akil had said.

“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in in that way,” he said in June. “So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.”

Static can wield and discharge electric powers but Black Lightning’s co-creator, Tony Isabella spoke against bringing these heroes together:

“I confess I’m getting a wee bit annoyed by fan calls for Static to appear on this show,” 66-year-old Isabella wrote on his blog.

“Now I love Static and the Static Shock cartoon series, but, were it my call (and it isn’t), you would NEVER see Static in this series. Black Lightning doesn’t need Static. Static doesn’t need Black Lightning. They are great characters who can stand on their own.”

Jayden Smith has also been attached for portraying the teen in a live-action series which is produced by Warner Bros.

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c after The Flash on The CW.