The CW's Black Lightning debuted earlier this month, and it's turning out to be pretty good so far. The series, which delves deeper into social and political commentary than the rest of the CW's DC Comics slate of shows, isn't a part of DC's shared TV universe known as the Arrowverse. However, during a talk with Yahoo!, showrunner and creator Salim Akil has said that the show could definitely be the start of the something bigger.
"I know this show is topical and it has some political merit to it, but we also want to entertain and make people laugh and get them excited about the fight sequences, and the characters that are coming in, as well as the villains that are coming in," Akil explained. "We hope it will be a well-rounded experience so yes, we'd love to see other superheroes come through." When asked about who he'd like to see make an appearance, Akil responded, "Static could be interesting."
Of course, heads remember the animated series Static Shock, which ran from 2000-04. Static has yet to make his live-action debut, although Warner Bros. originally started developing a show based around the character back in 2014 with Jaden Smith reportedly cast in the titular role. Unfortunately, that project fell through, but there's still a chance Static could turn up on Black Lightning if Akil follows through.
Black Lightning has also received some completely ridiculous comments calling it "anti-white," and when asked about that, Akil definitely didn't mince his words. "That's silly, I don't have time for that," he added. "It's a silly concept. I think if you watch the show it becomes almost fantastical for someone to make a comment like that. Just because I’m doing something that illuminates the black experience does not make it anti-white, it makes it different from they are used to, but it’s silly to have that opinion."
Black Lightning currently airs on the CW in the U.S., and Netflix in the U.K.