Writer/producer Salim Akil attends the "Black Lightning" special video presentation and Q+A during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.

Writer/producer Salim Akil attends the "Black Lightning" special video presentation and Q+A during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.

It’s been a long time since Jefferson Pierce suited up and set out to save his city, vigilante-style. But when his family gets caught up in street crime, Pierce revives his butt-kicking superhero alter-ego, Black Lightning and, well, don’t call it a comeback.

So begins the story of “Black Lightning,” a new TV series with a predominately African-American cast. The show debuted earlier this month to strong ratings and that’s largely thanks to the vision of Salim Akil, its showrunner, co-creator and a longtime writer and director.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Akil says:

“This is an American story, this is not a black story… We’re going to be culturally specific, but universal in our themes so everyone can see themselves in these stories.”

Akil talks to us about creating a character with crossover appeal in a fantastic world where racial inequality is all too real.

Guests

  • Salim Akil Showrunner, "Black Lightning" on the CW; @thesalimakil

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