Black Lightning is an upcoming American television series that will air on The CW, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil created the series, which stars Cress Williams as the titular character and Christine Adams as his ex-wife. The series explores the world of being a superhero mixed with family life. The pilot was ordered to series on May 10, 2017 Premise Spoiler Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning nine years ago, is forced to return when his daughter Jennifer, who is hellbent on justice and a star student, gets recruited by a local gang. Cast Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce Development In September 2016, after being in various stages of development, Warner Bros. Television began pitching Black Lightning to networks. The project was shepherded by Mara Brock Akil and her husband, Salim Akil. They were partnered with Greg Berlanti, who was behind several DC Comics properties for the studio. Shortly, the project landed at Fox with a pilot production commitment, with Salim Akil slated to direct. In January 2017, Berlanti stated the series, if ordered, would not crossover with his other DC Comics television properties on The CW nor would it exist in their established universe. However, Fox opted not to go forward with the project, deciding that it was "not a good fit into its already crowded genre drama space". Warner Bros. Television shopped the project to other networks, with The CW emerging as its new home. The CW officially ordered a pilot for Black Lightning in February 2017. The CW also opted to discard the original pilot script, as it had been written for Fox, and shoot a short presentation instead. The CW officially ordered Black Lightning to series on May 10, 2017. Production Cress Williams was cast to play Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain were cast as his daughters, Christine Adams was cast as Lynn, Jefferson Pierce's ex-wife. Filming on the presentation took place in Atlanta, while Black Lightning's costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon. The series is expected to premiere during the 2017-18 season.