‘Black Lightning’ Cast Talks Importance of Representation

While The CW has quite a few superhero shows in its programming lineup, Black Lightning stands apart from the rest and not just because it’s not a part of the Arrowverse the other series are part of. The series focuses on a black hero, in a predominately black community, and doesn’t shy away from the issues that come along with that.

And its that willingness to explore the issues as well as celebrate the black community on the whole is an integral part of Black Lightning, according to the cast and crew. During the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, much of the discussion about the series centered on the issue of representation and why it matters so much, not just on Black Lightning, but in entertainment on the whole.

From the importance of portraying African-American heroes…

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