“We’re telling the story of our Justice League,” said “Underground” co-creator Joe Pokaski at New York Comic Con, previewing the second season of the WGN America series, which premieres in March 2017 (watch above). The producers and cast — including Aldis Hodge, Amirah Vann, Jessica De Gouw and Alano Miller — were at NYCC on Sunday, October 9, where they discussed upcoming storylines, which include the introduction of Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds), the famous real-life superhero of the underground railroad.
“Our heroes go from citizen to soldier, which is why we’re bringing on Superman,” Pokaski added of season two, likening Tubman to the Man of Steel and other caped crusaders who are more commonly celebrated at Comic Con. Hinds discussed the responsibility she felt to do justice to such an important role, saying, “In addition to her power, and in addition to what makes her an icon, there’s a humanity to her … You want to be able to feel tangibly the woman in that portrait that so many people idolize.”
“Underground” is now moving into season two, but the series almost didn’t even have a season one. It was initially a tough sell according to executive producer Akiva Goldsman, who explained, “Nobody thought this was an object that the world would care about. They thought it was best relegated to history — and a pretty forgotten history at that.” From a forgotten history often reduced to footnote in the story of America, now the “Underground” team is making sure we never forget.
Watch more from the “Underground” panel at NYCC:
Aisha Hinds on surrendering herself to play Tubman: “Use me — use my arms, use my legs, use my voice, Harriet, and have your way.”
Alano Miller on Black Lives Matter: “This is a unified front in order for us to cure this disease that is going on in America … It’s going to take the love and courage of all of us to reach across the aisle and have real conversations.”
Aisha Hinds, Alano Miller, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw and Amirah Vann on coping with emotional storylines: “I’m thrilled when I get a hard scene. That’s my job. That’s the excitement. I don’t want it to be easy. I want to sink my teeth in and have to go there.”
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