[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A month ago, CW acquired Black Lightning and has begun development the pilot. Cress Williams, a 46 year old actor who has been in the television industry for nearly 24 years, has been cast as Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning. Williams is known for many roles such as Wyatt in Prison Break, Ed Williams in Close to Home and D’Shawn Hardell in Beverly Hills, 90210. That’s not to discount his many other roles as such appearances in Lois & Clark, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Friday Night Lights and Veronica Mars. Williams has shone his versatilatity as an actor and is probably one of the best choices to play the superhero.
The plot centers around Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero, who gets drawn back into being a vigilante by his justice-seeking daughter and to save a star student from being recruited by a local gang. As of now, there are not much other details but his “justice-seeking daughter” sounds dangerously close to The Flash‘s Iris West as well as Arrow‘s, now deceased, Laurel Lance AKA Black Canary. Jefferson Pierce has two daughters Anissa Pierce and Jennifer Pierce, both of whom has followed their father’s footsteps into becoming superheroes. While it’s unclear which of these two will be featured in the show, I’m curious to see how the writers ensure that she would come across as an individual character rather than a carbon copy of West or Lance.
The Black Lighting series was originally in development at Fox, but has since shifted to The CW, who has ordered the production of a pilot episode. Black Lightning is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, known for his involvement in other CW properties such as the Arrowverse properties as well as new comer to CW Riverdale. Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil have been tapped to write the script for the episode.
Black Lighting will be released towards the end of the year, but more likely some time in 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row]