The CW’s First Black Superhero ‘Black Lightning’ Is Ready To Storm Through The Network

Black Lightning is ready to take The CW by storm, and with husband/wife team Salim and Mara Brock Akil at the helm, we already know that it’s going to be iconic.

Based on the DC Comics character, Black Lightning is a superhero who can generate and control lightning (obviously). Originally, he was a high school principal and Olympic-level athlete who became a vigilante to take down organized crime in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum. Eventually, he becomes a member of Batman’s squad, the Justice League.

In Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil’s series which will hit The CW this fall, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). Pierce hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer (China Anne McClain) 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. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Christine Adams and Burning Sands‘ Nafessa Williams will also star in the series.

Adams will play Lynn, Jefferson’s ex-wife who exudes confidence and intelligence. Although she’s got a mischievous side, you better not mess with her family. McClain and Wiliams and play his daughters, Anissa and Jennifer Pierce – one a 20-something, passionate and quick-witted, who balances the demands of medical school with her job teaching part-time at her father’s school; and the other is an independent, outspoken scholar-athlete with a wild streak of her own. Black Lighting’s daughters operate as the super-heroes Thunder and Lightning.

Black Lightning is the second project from the Akils since they left BET in 2015 and inked a deal with Warner Bros. TV. Their other project Documenting Love is an upcoming ABC sitcom about a modern day power couple. Salim Akil spoke about Black Lightning saying, “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.”

Will you be watching the series when it drops on The CW?