DC Entertainment has released the first official image of actor Cress Williams suited up as the classic superhero Black Lightning. Williams is the next hero set to join the ever expanding DC TV Universe over on The CW - a universe that already includes such hit series as Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow respectively.
The Black Lightning costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, whose film and television credits include the upcoming Jumanji sequel, The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Blade: Trinity and Iron Man, for which she was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award.
The first African-American DC super hero to have his own standalone comic title, the character of Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. The television adaptation tells the tale of a father drawn reluctantly back into the super hero game.
"I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California," says Black Lightning executive producer, writer and Director, Salim Akil. "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."
Black Lightning is currently filming in Atlanta, Georgia. The pilot recently found a new home over on The CW after it was passed over by Fox, who picked it up last fall.
Joining Cress Williams in the Black Lightning pilot are China Anne McClain as Anissa Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Jennifer Pierce, and Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart.
Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of Black Lightning, from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil is directing the pilot from a script he wrote.
Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with one daughter hell-bent on justice and the other 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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Source: DC Entertainment
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