The CW appears to be adding to their ever-growing DC Comics TV lineup with the new Black Lightning pilot and you also see what the character will look like below.
The hero will be played by Cress Williams (Living Single, Hart of Dixie) the project has executive producer Greg Berlanti behind it and he has an impressive resume with shows such as Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl (can’t win them all) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow under his belt.
Black Lightning was created back in 1977 and was the very first African-American DC Comics superhero with his own standalone comic book which was HUGE to say the least back then as it is more common nowadays. Black Lightning, who’s real name is Jefferson Pierce has retired from being a superhero, and needless to say, like every other “retired” hero gets put unwillingly brought back into action by either an isolated or series of events.
When hearing the news that the hero would be played by Cress Williams, I was a bit surprised, even though he’s a pretty good actor (I enjoyed his role in the 90’s sitcom Living Single) with a pretty strong voice, when introducing a relatively new character to TV, a younger actor is typically the way a network would go but after realizing that they were going for the retired hero storyline, it all makes sense. No official word if the CW will pick the series up for 2017-2018 or if it will remain just a pilot.
With an updated suit which looks amazing in my opinion, bringing this character back to life is a breath of fresh air considering the only superheroes we see on television are white male/female and will hopefully bring a different demographic to the series as well with having a black hero to the fray that people of color can resonate with.