Comic Book Resources have spoken to Luke Cage Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker about its tone. Luke Cage is the third series in a shared universe of Marvel Comics adaptations, following Daredevil (Showrunners: Drew Goddard, Steven S. DeKnight and Marco Ramirez) and Jessica Jones (Showrunners: Liz Friedman and Melissa Rosenberg). Coker also elaborated-upon the way Luke Cage is influenced by hip-hop albums and his own history as a reader of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire – the serialised comic strip pamphlets in-which Cage first appeared.
For me, hip-hop has always been black superhero music. And now we have a black superhero that matches the music. When you think about Wu-Tang, when you think about A Tribe Called Quest records like Midnight Marauders, it’s deep in the culture, but at the same time, it’s become the new rock and roll. Everybody accepts it, everybody understands it. That’s really the vibe of the show, on one hand, we’re dealing with Harlem in ways that really haven’t been dealt with. But at the same time, it’s a superhero show. At the same time, you get to meet Luke Cage. You get to meet Misty Knight. You get to meet all these other characters. It’s these comics come to life with a hip-hop vibe. It’s incredibly fun. We go all the way back to the beginning in terms of the vibe, but it’s modernized. If you’re a fan of the comic, it will be a very familiar world. When I say this is a fantasy come true for me — it’s such an amazing opportunity. Just as a geek, I love this world. To be able to write in a serious way inside of this is really cool, as well. For our show — yes, we deal with serious themes. Imagine what somebody with bulletproof skin, how that could affect the neighborhood [sic] when it comes to crime. We deal, in a very realistic way, with how that influences the neighborhood [sic], without revealing anything. It’s grounded, but at the same time, the fantasy element of it also, I think, will attract people. We have something that’s very dramatic, but at the same time, we don’t run away from our comic book roots. We embrace them.
Luke Cage streams on Netflix 30th September.