“Justice like lightning!” Yep, a new superhero show is coming to The CW and he the news is literally shocking! The CW has greenlit the rumored Black Lightning series! As you may already know, Black Lighting is one of DC Comics’ premiere Black superheroes and a longstanding member of various incarnations of the Justice League of America. Jefferson Pierce aka “Black Lightning” was a celebrated Olympic athlete who returned to his old neighborhood, “Suicide Slum,” on the southside of Metropolis, to find it was overrun with crime and corruption under the criminal gang, The 100. After his father was murdered he used his inborn metahuman (DC Comics’ version of mutants) powers of electrical generation and manipulation to save and protect the people he loved. He adopted the name because at the time he was the only Black superhero around and wanted to make sure everyone knew what they were dealing with!
Well we have learned the role of Jefferson Pierce/Black Lighting will be played by Cress Williams!
You may already know Cress as “Scooter,” Khadijah’s (Queen Latifah) love interest on Living Single, and as Mayor Lavon Hayes on The CW’s Hart of Dixie. Cress’s looks, build, and acting chops will definitely due Black Lighting justice!
To add more good news, writers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the creators of BET’s The Game and Being Mary Jane, will executive produce the series with Greg Berlanti (executive producer of The Flash, The Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). This is huge as they will do the source material justice and it eliminates any argument of Caucasian writers not being able to capture the African-American experience. We wonder what part of Black Lightning’s life they will focus on. His early crime fighting career, or his life with his daughters, Thunder and Lighting, who are also superheroes! We will keep you posted as more news develops! Kudos to The CW!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning