Announced back in September of last year, the Greg Berlanti,Mara Brock Akil, and Salim Akil-produced Black Lightning has had a fairly quick development turnaround, short of one slight bump in the road that saw its pilot get dropped by FOX and instead picked up by the haven for Berlanti-produced comic book television at The CW.
Now the series has its first star, as CW-vet Cress Williams, who played a major role on the 2011-2015 series Hart of Dixie, returns to the network to play Jefferson Pierce described for the pilot by TVLine:
Williams’ character, a retired superhero named Jefferson Pierce, finds himself back in vigilante mode thanks to his justice-seeking daughter and the threat of a “star student being recruited by a local gang.
So it looks like we’re looking at an older version of Black Lightning than the CW’s normal mode of casting their superhero leads in their early to mid 20’s. A good change of pace! This is something to look out for this Fall if I had to guess.
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