First Look at 'Black Lightning' Shows Cress Williams in Costume

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 9:55PM
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Black Lightning
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 9:55PM
First Look at 'Black Lightning' Shows Cress Williams in Costume
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We have our first picture of Cress Williams' Black Lightning in the flesh. The next CW superhero pilot was announced earlier this year, but it had been too early in production to see any visuals until now. CW released a photo of Williams (Prison Break, Hart of Dixie) donning a suit designed by Laura Jean Shannon, best known for her costume design in Iron Man and Blade: Trinity

In the CW show, Jefferson Pierce is a retired superhero and father of two who's since become a teacher. But as always, he only stays retired for so long, when his star student is recruited by a local gang and his other daughter is hell-bent on justice. Here's how the electric vigilante will look in the show:




This is not just another superhero show to writer and pilot director, Salim Akil. Black Lightning has had a special place in his life, especially during his childhood in Richmond, California.

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"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 superhero 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."
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Akil will produce alongside his wife Mara Brock Akil (The Game) and Greg Berlanti (every other superhero show on the CW). The show was originally developed at Fox, but was passed on and found its way into the superhero-loving arms of the CW, where it will fit into the network's "Arrowverse" that started with Arrow.

Black Lightning was one of the first prominent African American characters in DC and is regarded as the first Black superhero to have his own stand-alone comic. Said comic was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor von Eeden and debuted in 1977 with the title "Black Lightning #1". As one might guess, his superpowers include his ability to generate and manipulate electricity. 

If Black Lightning makes it to a series, it will become the CW's fifth superhero show for the 2017-2018 season following the likes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Via: Hollywood Reporter

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