In the District, comic fans will get an inside look during a “DC in D.C.” event over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend when Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment team up for an event organizers said illuminates the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and superheroes.

The event is scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Newseum in Northwest, and will culminate with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series “Black Lightning” — based on the first African-American DC superhero to have his own stand-alone comic title — in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Constitution Avenue in Northwest.

A party will follow at the museum.

The two-day extravaganza will include public panel discussions and appearances by stars and producers from Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl and Freedom Fighters.

Invited guests from publishing, politics, government service and academia are also expected, with a major attraction being the Jan. 12 premiere screening of DC Universe’s animated movie, “Batman: Gotham By Gaslight,” ahead of its digital download release date of Jan. 23 and Blu-ray and DVD release on Feb. 6.

“‘DC in D.C.’ brings together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DCTV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, who will join invited guests from politics, government service, entertainment, business, academia and more,” Warner Bros. spokesman Robert Pietranton said in a news release. “The event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public.”

Among the participants scheduled at the event are the stars of “Black Lightning,” Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar. Executive producers Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil are also expected at the event.

Also scheduled are DC comic book writers and artists such as DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Alice Randall, Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Mark Russell, Mariko Tamaki and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the best-selling author of “Rebirth” and “Doomsday Clock.”

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Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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