After four years of Black Lightning, the series is over. It’s a sad night for Black Lightning fans everywhere, but they seem to have enjoyed the series finale. With the show over, the creator reflects on the series now that it’s all over.
Salim Akil must be going through some serious emotions, with his groundbreaking series ending so suddenly. Even though the series was about superheroes, it always strived to tell stories that were real and important. The series never shied away from real-world issues.
“I think that there are particular episodes that were very personal or a story arc that were very personal,” Akil told ComicBook.com. “The arcs come from a personal place, but then you have to allow the artists, the other artists that are around you, to do their thing because that’s why they’re there. Particularly in this last season. I did very, very little rewriting because I knew it was the last season I wanted the other artists, the writers, and everyone else to be able to express themselves freely. So that was a really interesting experience for me, but it was a good experience.”
These personal stories go as far back as the very first episode of Black Lightning. We literally see the lead character, Jefferson, get arrested for being black. It’s a powerful moment that surely resonated with many.
That’s not the only moment like that, Black Lightning has had several. Akil touched on that when speaking with Entertainment Weekly previously.
“I think I just wanted to go back to dealing with the family. We had ended on such a broad note of ending the Markovian war,” Akil said. “I wanted to then go back to the family and see what trauma looks like and how do you go about healing yourself. If you remember, Jefferson is depressed because his daughters have killed people, his wife has killed in people in this war, and he feels like he’s let them down and it’s his responsibility.”
Series creator Akil continued, “Trauma changes people. So I wanted to explore the idea of trauma, especially in African American families, because not all of us but far too many of us live in areas where gun violence and crime is prevalent on a daily basis, and nobody is really doing anything to try and solve it or report it anymore. So there’s a lot of trauma out there, and I just wanted to say to the people watching, ‘Hey, in order to heal, you have to talk about things. You have to deal with them and you have to seek help.’ I think if there’s a theme this year, someone said that ‘trauma is sort of the big bad this season.'”
Looking forward to the next episode of Black Lightning? I’m so sorry because there are none. Hopefully, you enjoyed the series!
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