When it came to creating the world of Black Lightning, the executive producers elected to approach this superhero tale from a different angle, beginning with his rebirth rather than telling an origin story.
“I wanted to talk about the idea of being pulled back into your community,” said EP and showrunner Salim Akil, who was on hand at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event with star Cress Williams and EP Mara Brock Akil. “It seems like powers were always positive. I wanted to show the other side of powers and what they can take away from you, as well and how they can be a burden. We wanted to start him in a place where he was pushed to the side and was pulled back into the world and reluctantly became a hero again.”
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It also important for the CW series to portray a positive narrative for black men. “The show is anchored in putting the black man at the center...