Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil is hoping to revive Static Shock in the upcoming show!
Black Lightning will finally make his live-action debut on The CW this fall, and judging by the first trailer, it’s sure to be a fresh addition to DCTV. While fans have wanted to see the character headline his own series, many are also waiting for Static Shock to make a return to television. And it looks like they’re not the only ones.
During an interview with the International Business Times, showrunner Salim Akil revealed that he would love to introduce the character in Black Lightning at some point:
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"I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in in that way. So, I’m holding out hope because I love that character."
It definitely sounds like nothing is set in stone, but this is still great news for fans of Static. There are clearly a lot of similarities between the two heroes, which makes it logical for the two to cross paths.
The character of Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle and Michael Davis in 1993. The Static series was originally published by the DC Comics-owned Milestone Comics. The series centered on Virgil Hawkins, a young black teen who gains electromagnetic powers after being hit with an experimental chemical during a gang war. Hawkins then takes on the superhero identity, Static, and uses his powers to battle the metahumans wreaking havoc in his hometown.
The series proved to be mildly successful, but the character rose to prominence after McDuffie, Cowan, Dingle and Davis co-created the animated series, Static Shock in 2000. The show proved to be massively successful and, during its run, it was even melded into Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe. Since then, the character has popped up in numerous comics and in animated shows like Young Justice.
It could be a while before we see Static make his long-awaited return, but in a world where superheroes and representation are big, it could only be a matter of time.