Comic-books often deliver hardcore, gritty heroes only to see their filmic versions of the characters watered down for a PG rated audience. Well, according to Mike Colter, that's not the case for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix show, Luke Cage.
Speaking to IGN, Colter, who will play the titular hero, revealed Marvel and Netflix wouldn't be pulling any punches in delivering the tone of the comics. He said:
It's geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you've seen before on the big screen. 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 centre 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.
The Luke Cage series has yet to start filming yet, although Colter will cameo in the soon to be released Power Woman series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The Luke Cage series is expected to debut next year, and Colter sure seems excited about playing the character, claiming:
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.
Dardevil will also receive its his Netflix adaptation, with the tone for that series similarly being described as "dark and gritty." This also seems to be the case for Luke Cage. Colter continued:
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.
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