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    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

    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.


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    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.



     
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    I imagine that now it's been picked up by CW the idea crossing over with the other DC shows is back on the table. Even if they decide to keep it in its own separate universe, the multiverse concept ensures that the possibility of at least occasional visits remains.
     
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    How “Black Lightning” Differs To CW’s DC Series

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    Actor Cress Williams has spoken with EW this week about how the upcoming CW series “Black Lightning” differs from the other DC Comics-inspired series on the network such as “Arrow” and “The Flash”.

    In the series, Williams plays Jefferson Pierce, a New Orleans charter high school principal, father of two daughters, and a retired superhero who nine years ago used his superhuman powers as the masked vigilante Black Lightning.

    Nearly a decade later and with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, those he cares about are in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang and Black Lightning must return. On his character’s differences, Williams tells the mag:

    “What makes it different is that really we’re a family drama. The origin story aside, they don’t have the ties of a family that’s keeping them tied to reality. Our show is also just really dealing with a grass roots superhero who is not trying to save the world, he’s trying to save his community. The fact that he just has the real world ties make it different.”

    Williams also spoke about the power set of Black Lightning in the series and what he hopes to see further down the line:

    “We haven’t gotten into flight, which I’m really excited about eventually getting to that. He has the ability to have limited flight, and that’s the superpower I would love to have. He controls all things electrically based, along with martial arts and the hand-to-hand combat thing. Without getting into too much, there are things that the new suit provides that the old suit didn’t. It’ll be very fun, let’s put it that way.”

    “Black Lightning” is slated to premiere mid-season, though the pilot will be screened this coming week during San Diego Comic Con.
     
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    Krondon Is Tobias Whale In “Black Lightning”


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    Rapper Krondon (aka Marvin Jones III) has been cast as Tobias Whale, the ‘big bad’ of the first season of The CW’s new DC Comics inspired series “Black Lightning”.

    Whale, an African-American man with albinism, is the leader of Freeland’s most feared gang – The 100. Before that, he was a corrupt politician brought down by Alvin Pierce, father of Black Lightning himself Jefferson Piece (Cress Williams).

    Killing Alvin and driven underground, he became a gang leader and when Black Lightning returns after an absence – Tobias emerges from the shadows to face his biggest adversary.

    The series also stars Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain as Jefferson’s daughters, Anissa and Jennifer. Christine Adams, Damon Gupton, and James Remar co-star.
     
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