This is the era of DC TV shows. We have iZombie, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Powerless, Gotham, Lucifer—even Preacher. And the roster is about to get bigger. It was announced last year that a Black Lightning TV show was in development.
Just a few weeks ago, a batch of character breakdowns appeared, giving us a hint that casting was underway. And now, the show has found its star: #CressWilliams has been cast as Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a Black Lightning.
The actor has worked on shows like Friday Night Lights, Code Black, Prison Break and Grey's Anatomy. #DC's latest superhero series promises to be new grounds to explore in the comic book genre. Just take a look at the synopsis:
"Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter 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."
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It was recently revealed that the show (which was originally at Fox) would be moving to The CW, where the entire #Arrowverse is. And while there is still no confirmation on whether this will connect to the larger universe in any way, it's very likely. Development on the project has been considerably quick, so the character is definitely a priority for the network. Maybe even in time to join next season's Superhero Fight Club:
#BlackLightning will be executive produced by Marah Brock Akil & Salim Akil, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. The pilot is being written by the Akils.
Would you like Black Lightning to be connected to the Arrowverse?
[Source: The Wrap]