Marvel's Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 hit comic book stores in in 1972. Given that Cage is an urban hero whose struggles reflect his surroundings, showrunners for Netflix's forthcoming Luke Cage series say that the character has been "reinvented" to appropriately reflect 2016.
In an exclusive with Luke Cage executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker and star Mike Cotler at San Diego Comic Con, Hypable gleaned a substantive idea of what Cage's character will look like, and how the show will ultimately unfold when it drops on Netflix September 30.
“So this is a Luke Cage that has been reinvented, in a sense, and that was what excited me,” Cotler explained. “The problems we deal with right now are real problems," the actor said, noting that Cage has "fallen on hard times for reasons not of his own making. He needs a job, he needs to figure out how to make ends meet.” Coker said that the show needed an approach that was "forward-thinking, modern, and adaptable to what’s happening today.”
Mike Cotler appreciates the approach that Coker has taken in crafting the parameters of Luke Cage. He says that the history “is only applicable to a certain point. We’re taking about 2016." He says that Cheo was able to "create a world using the characters that already pre-existed, and then fleshing them out, expanding on them, making it work the way he thought it should work, to create a story that we were trying to tell that was of 2016.”
Before Luke Cage releases on Netflix on September 30, check out the show's first (very hip-hop infused) trailer, then hang with these excellent cosplayers from New York Comic Con 2015: