Annabella Sciorra cast as a villain in season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage and Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil discusses the importance of the series
We’re back again this week with another issue of Superhero After Dark! Before we get to the week’s news, check out last week’s issue.
Salim Akil, the creator and showrunner of The CW’s Black Lightning, recently spoke at SXSW about the show and the importance of including real-life issues in the series. Cress Williams also discussed the show and his character.
“I love that he is flawed. […] He’s that three-dimensional being with family ties and his own demons to exercise and so makes him a compelling character.”
‒ Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce)
Hot Topic: Black Panther continues to perform exceptionally well!
Black Panther has performed extremely well since its debut in mid-February, and that trend has continued. In the past three months, Black Panther is the only Hollywood release to achieve blockbuster status.
Internationally, the movie has made about $2.6 billion since it was released. Domestically, Black Panther has pulled in about $612 million. In recent years, the industry has been heavily reliant on a few large blockbusters, while many other movies struggle. Luckily for Disney/Marvel, Black Panther is that movie for the first three months of 2018.
Guess Who: Karen Fukuhara cast in Amazon’s The Boys!
Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) is the latest addition to Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of The Boys. Fukuhara will be portraying Female, an Asian assassin who doesn’t speak. The Boys is based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and follows a group of vigilantes who have vowed to take down corrupt superheroes. Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless) will be acting as the showrunner.
TVAD Writers Room: Not one but two Black Lightning roundtables!
Fans of The CW’s hit series Black Lightning have had a lot to discuss in the past few weeks! In episode 8, “The Book of Revelations,” Jefferson (Cress Williams) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams) teamed up to try to clear Black Lightning’s name and stumbled upon some disturbing secrets. Then Jennifer (China Anne McClain) discovered a shocking secret of her own.
In the ninth episode, “The Book of Little Black Lies,” Anissa fully suited up alongside her father and Jennifer attempted to come to terms with her newfound meta-human abilities. Be sure to check out both roundtables to see what our guests thought of all of these developments and more!
Rumor Has It: Is Chris Evans leaving his role as Captain America?
There are a lot of rumors and speculation about who will live and who will die in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4. Chris Evans has recently expressed a desire to pass on his shield to another worthy enough hero. Will he stepping down as Captain America after the fourth movie? According to him, that’s something he’d like to see happen.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off.”
‒ Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
Coming Soon: New Deadpool 2 trailer shows deeper mythology and more!
20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Deadpool 2. The trailer shows off more of the film’s humor, a look at some of the action sequences, what’s going on in the X-Men universe, and more. Watch the full trailer below! (Note: Trailer is not safe for work.)
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