Black Lightning WonderCon 2018 Round Table Interview: Showrunner Salim Akil

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The first season of The CW’s new hit DC series Black Lightning is about to come to a conclusion with two remaining episodes. To get ready for that, Black Lightning Podcast joined fellow reporters at WonderCon this year to chat with the writers of the series as they break down the process of writing the Pierce family and more.

One of the great writers we spoke with was showrunner/co-creator Salim Akil as he discussed what is coming in the remaining episodes of Season 1 and more. Some of the highlights that he spoke about include:

-What goes into the song selection that the show has, from Salim’s perspective.

-The father-son-like relationship between Gambi and Jefferson.

-How much of Salim’s own family life that is used as inspiration to build the Pierce family’s dynamic on screen.

-What is coming up for Lynn in terms of how she feels about her family all having superpowers.

-The ultimate question: does Salim believe in the resurrection?

“The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)

RETURN OF THE WHALE – Tobias (Marvin Jones III) returns to Freeland. He is tasked to capture – not kill – Black Lightning (Cress Williams) with the help of an unexpected source. After a battle of epic proportions, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) provide surprising aid. Christine Adams, Damon Gupton and James Remar also star. The episode was written by Jan Nash & Adam Giaudrone and directed by Oz Scott (#112). Original airdate 4/10/2018.

Black Lightning Season 1 airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on The CW! Make sure to follow Salim on Twitter @TheSalimAkil!

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