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Kevin Sorbo wonders if shows like “Black Lightning” owe him residuals, Sorbo shares compliment from Peter Jackson

Superhero television shows and movies have become a hit the past decade.

Box office numbers for action superhero films such as “Black Panther,” “The Avengers,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” have cracked $1 billion world wide. With the success of CW’s 2018 hit television show “Black Lightning” one of the OG’s, who starred in the genre back in the 90’s, is wondering where his residual checks are. It’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” star Kevin Sorbo who played the half Greek god, son of Zeus, for six seasons running from 1995 to 1999.

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“Hercules: Legendary Journeys” star Kevin Sorbo returns to his home state for the 2018 “Leather & Laces” Super Bowl LII party February 2, 2018 in Minneapolis (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).

“I got one of the best complements years ago from Peter Jackson,” Sorbo said in his one-on-one interview at “Leather & Laces” last month. Sorbo continued to tell his story about Jackson, the director of  film series “Lord of the Rings” which was also shot in New Zealand like Hercules.

“I shot Hercules for seven years down in New Zealand, he used to come on the set a lot. Because during the 90’s when I filmed that series he wanted to see how the crew was being groomed, because he wanted to hire local talent there. And when ‘Lord of the Rings’ started winning all these academy awards he came up to me and said, ‘you realize your show was the first show to really kick off all these action television shows and movies.’ And I go, ‘where’s my 10 percent man?” Sorbo laughed.

Below view photos of the cast and crew from “Black Lightning” at a red carpet event at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans.

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“Black Lightning” star Cress Williams on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
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Christine Adams, who plays the mother Lynn Pierce on “Black Lightning,” on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
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Nafessa Williams, who stars as Anissa Pierce in “Black Lightning,” interviewed by NABJ on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
China McClain, who stars as Jennifer Pierce on “Black Lightning,” on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
Husband and wife Salim (right) and Mara Brock Akil (left), creators of CW’s adaption of “Black Lightning,” on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
Cress Williams, who stars as principal Jefferson Pierce/”Black Lightning” himself on CW, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
“Black Lightning” cast members (left to right) Marvin Jones III (Tobias Whale), Damon Gupton (Inspector Henderson) and James Remar (Peter Gambi) on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
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Salim Akil, a creator of CW’s “Black Lightning, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
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Nafessa Williams, who plays Anissa Pierce in CW’s “Black Lightning, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
China McClain, who plays Jennifer Pierce in CW’s “Black Lightning, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
Christine Adams, who plays the mother Lynn Pierce on “Black Lightning,” on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
Nafessa Williams, who plays Anissa Pierce in CW’s “Black Lightning, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
China McClain, who plays Jennifer Pierce in CW’s “Black Lightning, on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).
Husband and wife Salim (right) and Mara Brock Akil (left), creators of CW’s adaption of “Black Lightning,” on the red carpet during the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention August 11 in New Orleans (photo: Gino Terrell Photography).

By Gino Terrell

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Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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