The man behind shows like Ray Donovan and Southland, Cheo Hodari Coker, was not afraid to speak his mind to Entertainment Weekly about the importance of Luke Cage in today’s world. Netflix’s Luke Cage has a strong sense of relevance with our current state of racial tension between the African American community and police in the US in connection with the shootings in St. Paul, Minnesota, Baton Rouge Louisiana, and the sniper ambush in Dallas, Texas.
Coker told Entertainment Weekly:
There’s never been a time in history where having a bulletproof black man, in terms of just looking at how that affects a neighborhood, in terms of looking at, for example, how it not only changes law enforcement but also changes the criminal world, and really in a sense, it’s like Luke’s entrance into this world changes the ecology of the entire neighborhood. Between that and exploring what it means to be a hero. Is it [someone] who’s far removed from everything or is it someone that the community can touch, that they can go to. There are a lot of issues explored in the show but at the same time, it’s [still] fun.”
During this year’s SDCC Marvel TV presentation, he spoke about the matter as well:
“When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
Luke Cage is a couple of months away as the discussion of race relations continues. This show and others are becoming a strong vocal point in the world we live in today. I am dying to see what deeper messages the show will bring that are more than just a typical superhero versus super-villain type deal. We got a taste of a black superhero in Captain America: Civil War with Black Panther, with Luke Cage, this will continue the impact these characters are making in our entertainment that is much needed in a time like this.
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