When Luke Cage was announced as one of the four Marvel TV shows that will air on Netflix's streaming service, many fans hoped to see a darker take on this Hell's Kitchen superhero, who will eventually join forces with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist for The Defenders miniseries. Daredevil will be the first show out of the gate, debuting on April 10, which has already been described as "dark and gritty" several different times. While chatting with IGN, Luke Cage star Mike Colter revealed his show will be aimed towards adult audiences. Here's what he had to say, when asked what excites him about the character.
"What I'm most excited about is touching on what makes him tick. It feels good to get a character that has such a story, background, and history. And when I look at the scripts, I'm really pleased with it because it's a slow-burn; there's nothing happening really fast that gets ahead of itself. I'm really with where they're taking it and how they're developing the characters, because it's really cool and it's geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe you've seen before on the big screen. We have a more gritty, focused story on our heroes and characters that live in New York City, but it's geared towards a more adult audience and I think that's the thing about the series that will be different."
He also talked about researching the Marvel comic books, and how their characters connect to audiences.
"I'm excited about playing the character because I've read the comic books. They're very detailed, gritty; the world they've written in the comic books is very clear. Marvel does a fantastic job about bringing human stories - because you're telling big stories with a heart at the center of it - and that's what connects all of the characters to our audience members. Audience members have to feel connected with these characters, to make them relate to the character's situations and that's what you see with all of the Marvel characters."
Luke Cage was created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr. in the 1970s, a time when comic books predominantly featured white superheroes. While the actor is familiar with his character's background, he adds that Luke Cage's race isn't something he is necessarily thinking about, when crafting his character.
"I'm one of those people who is color blind to a certain degree. And that doesn't mean I'm not acutely aware of race in our country and abroad and in the world. I know what's going on and I'm very aware of it. If you are a certain race, you know that. It's not a big thing with me. I'm a black male who's playing a character who has historically been black. The approach with the character for me is more about the human qualities and the things that make Luke Cage tick. And the writers have to then decide to bring in the race of the character, if there's an angle there. But I don't look at it as something I have to prep differently for, because I am what I am and I approach the characters as they have to then be played by me, Mike Colter - the actor who happens to be black. It's more of an aside, rather than something I take on by the horns. It doesn't really factor for me at all."