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DC TV Podcasts Black Lightning WonderCon ’18 Interview:

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.

Black Lightning Podcast spoke with showrunner/executive producer Salim Akil as well as staff writers Lamont Magee and Pat Charles as they discussed the following:

-Whether or not DC heroes who have been namedropped on Black Lightning exists in the world of Freeland

-Which of the characters that Lamont connects with when writing the episodes

-The process of writing for Marvin “Krondon” Jones’ Tobias Whale

-The calm before the storm in the remaining episodes of Season 1

-Whether or not the A.S.A. will be concluded in Season 1 or if it will carry into Season 2

-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?

-Which character’s voice Pat has in his head when writing the characters on the show and who speaks to him the most.

-How they have setup Lala’s arc and where that character is going in coming episodes.

-What Pat’s experience has been like in this writers room compared to others that he has been part of.

-What sort of influence Arvin Pierce’s (Jefferson’s father) work will continue to have in Black Lightning’s life.

-Will certain DC Comics characters appear on the show in the near future.

“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 Pat on Twitter @PatCharles1!

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