According To ‘Luke Cage’ Star, His Signature Hoodie Is A Tribute To Trayvon Martin
There’s been much talk about the new Netflix series Luke Cage, which reprises the role of Marvel Comics first black fictional superhero that first appeared in 1972. Portraying a powerful image of a black man, Cage’s appearance was updated for the times, which is a sweltering climate of racial tension and police brutality. And instead of his signature yellow shirt, they opted for a hooded sweatshirt with bullet holes tattering its seams. Nevertheless, he’s bulletproof.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post , lead actor Mike Colter opened up about the importance of a black superhero, how the current political climate shaped his character, Luke Cage, and the significance of his bullet-pierced hoodie.
“It’s a nod to Trayvon, no question,” Colter said. “Trayvon Martin and people like him. People like Jordan Davis, a kid who was shot because of the perception that he was a danger. When you’re a black man in a hoodie all of a sudden you’re a criminal. That’s something we shouldn’t have to deal with, but we do. It’s a double standard. We can’t cover our head when it’s cold and raining because God forbid someone sees us and puts our life in danger. We wanted to pay homage to that — it’s not something we were shying away from.”
Colter also said that the show’s writers didn’t ignore the non-indictment of NYPD officer Daniel Panateleo in the Eric Garner case and constant police shootings, as the series was film in 2014.
“When we were filming this, there were different things going on,” he continued. “Eric Garner, the policemen were acquitted. No one was brought to justice. There was no handing out of any sentence. There are a couple of other things that happened during the time we were filming. We were watching the news, and it was always someone being shot who was unarmed, and there is no justification for it. It’s mind-boggling.”
The actor also shared that he hopes the series will continue to uphold Marvel’s original mission–to make conversations on political and culture turmoil easier.