Netflix Debuts Luke Cage's Amazing Opening Credits Sequence
Tomorrow is the debut of Luke Cage, the kick-ass new Netflix series based in Harlem. We've already praised the amazing featurette and trailers that have accompanied the show, which reveal that the series will be chock-full of action and a lot of complex themes, but today Netflix released the dark, almost noir-y title sequence for the show:
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One of the things we've spoken about in the past is how the show evokes the idea that Luke is a legend in the making. After retreating into Harlem following the events of Jessica Jones, Luke is trying his best to be nobody. But events in his neighborhood force him out of solitude and back into the role of a hero, one whose reputation on the streets is similar to Batman's—is the bulletproof man in the hoodie real, or just a myth? What this opening sequence from Netflix does is embed Luke (literally) in Harlem's mythical history: like the names on the street signs, it's implied that Luke will become one of those storied figures and a source of inspiration for residents.
Another thing the opening sequence does is set up the stakes and scope of the show. Other superhero movies and series (like the upcoming CW crossover event with The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and The Legends of Tomorrow) deal with global or extraterrestrial threats, where collapsing buildings and screaming crowds are about as close as we get to seeing the consequences of the villains' actions. The fact that Luke Cage is made so hyper-local makes the stakes much more intimate and concrete: we're on street level with Luke, seeing how Cottonmouth's evil affects the neighborhood.
With all that in mind, we're looking forward to tomorrow!
Luke Cage starts streaming on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PDT and 3:01 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 30.