The comic book character Black Lightning comes to life on the upcoming new CW TV series premiering in 2018. Possibly the only network series with an African American super hero to come out of the comic book world.
Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a father of two and a high school principal in a rough neighborhood in New Orleans by day, and super hero Black Lightning by night. Black Lightning’s power is linked to electricity. The show picks up where he had given up defending the people from forces of evil because of a promise he made to his wife and settled into an ordinary life as Jefferson Pierce. However, forces beyond his control force him back into the crime fighting business.
The cast includes James Remar, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Kwajalyn Brown, Damon Gupton and Christine Adams. Black Lighting was created by Salim and Mara Brock Akil. Salim Akil also directs episodes. Additionally, he and his wife Mara serve as writers on the series.
Sure to spark cultural discussions on what a super hero should look like, Black Lightning comes to the CW at a yet to be announced date in 2018.