Despite the fact that we've already seen the first trailer for Black Lightning, it turns out that the pilot episode hasn't even been shot yet. Speaking with iDigital Times during the recent East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention, character creator Tony Isabella revealed that DC Entertainment successfully sold the show from a brief presentation that was then cut into the recent trailer.
"People kept talking about a Black Lightning pilot having been filmed. No. No pilot was filmed. They did a presentation piece, which was then cut into the trailer. And when I first heard that from DC, I thought it was a bad thing. And then they told me, ‘No, well, we sold Legends of Tomorrow with a picture of the cast and brief synopsis.'"
Clearly, the multimedia juggernaut knew what it was doing.
Black Lightning hails from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, and stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams.
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
Production on Black Lightning begins in Atlanta soon.
The show debuts on The CW mid-season 2018.
Source: iDigital Times
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