Warner Bros. Television and The CW seems to have been working hard behind closed doors on Black Lightning since they announced the project and it’s home among DC / CW characters like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow.
Now the team has released the first look at the titular superhero from its upcoming pilot Black Lightning, which hails from prolific superhero producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) as well as The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil.
Actor Cress Williams is set to play Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning, and a new image of him suited and booted has been released.
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Black Lightning centres on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
Salim Akil, who is directing the pilot from a script he wrote had this to say:
I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life. Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally, there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives. Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking…Black Lightning will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.
The show is currently in production in Atlanta.