Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Black Lightning

Black Lightning is Coming to DC’s TV Universe

DC’s TV universe is set to grow once more with supercharged hero Black Lightning coming to The CW in the near future.

Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce first debuted in his own series in April 1977 and was created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden. As the name would suggest the character is capable of internally generating an electromagnetic field. In other words he can throw lightning at people.

In the comics, Pierce was an Olympic gold winning athlete who later returned to the slums where he lived and became a teacher. After seeing many of his students turn to drugs, Pierce took matters into his own hands and dealt out vigilante justice to the mob (known as The 100) as Black Lightning.

Black Lightning

The show is being developed for The CW by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and is expected to debut in the 2017-18 TV season. The synopsis for the new programme reads as follows:

“Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning nine years ago, is forced to return when his daughter Jennifer, who is hell-bent on justice and a star student, gets recruited by a local gang.”

The idea of an older superhero coming out of retirement is an interesting one that hasn’t been explored by Warner Bros. in its other shows. Black Lightning will also have an emphasis on family with Pierce’s relationship with his daughters integral to the plot.

You can see the first trailer for Black Lightning below:


The show will star Cress Williams (Prison Break) as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Narfessa Williams and China Anne McClain as Pierce’s daughters (Grown Ups) and Christine Adams.

Despite being co-developed by Warner Bros.’ TV mainstay Greg Berlanti who has had a hand in Arrow and The Flash, Black Lightning won’t be connected to either of those shows or any of their counterparts as it won’t take place in DC TV’s established universe according to Berlanti.

Nevertheless, it would be easy to imagine The CW bringing the show into the same universe if it does well and may simply be written away as taking place on one of DC’s alternate Earths.

The character of Black Lightning is notable for being one of the first African-American superheroes to appear in DC comics. He has served in the Batman-led team The Outsiders as well as the Justice League of America in the past.

What do you think of Black Lightning so far? Are you excited to see another DC property come to the small screen?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. You can see a more detailed breakdown of the character here.

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