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Get your first look at Cress Williams as Black Lightning

03.29.2017

The CW's stable of superhero shows keeps growing and we've got our first look at the title character in the latest series to join the ranks: Black Lightning. Armed with the ability to generate and manipulate electricity, Jefferson Pierce had long ago hung up his suit and secret identity, 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." Production on the Black Lightning pilot is currently underway in Atlanta and The CW have released the first image of Cress Williams (Prison Break) suited up as Black Lightning.

Executive producer Sam Akil, who is also directing the pilot from a script he wrote, commented on resurrecting the character at a time when "a sense of hope" has been lacking.

I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. 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.

Greg Berlanti is also onboard as an executive producer, and although Black Lightning will be joining Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, it will not be a part of Greg Berlanti's "Arrow-verse," at least, not yet. Back in January Berlanti had said that he didn't think those worlds would cross over, but as the series was set up at Fox at the time he said that, it's probably wise not to rule anything out at this stage.

What are your thoughts on Black Lightning's new suit?

Source: The CW

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3:07PM on 03/30/2017

Looks like Jordan Peele satirizing DC

Not a fan of the CW. Really not a fan of how ridiculous that dude looks in that costume.
Not a fan of the CW. Really not a fan of how ridiculous that dude looks in that costume.
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9:42AM on 03/30/2017

You get a show and you get a show!!!!

Who doesn't get a show at this point. I will watch it without question but as comic fans we sure have our work cut out for us these days don't we? A little re-configuring of the suit and you could get Nightwings outfit from the Arkham games.
Who doesn't get a show at this point. I will watch it without question but as comic fans we sure have our work cut out for us these days don't we? A little re-configuring of the suit and you could get Nightwings outfit from the Arkham games.
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10:03PM on 03/29/2017
Not a bad looking costume, but it does kind of look like leftovers from the Power Rangers movie.
Not a bad looking costume, but it does kind of look like leftovers from the Power Rangers movie.
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9:39PM on 03/29/2017

Masks!

Why can't these shows get masks right? Jessie Quick and Kid Flash look goofy! Arrow looks ok. All other characters with eye masks/goggles look goofy...
Why can't these shows get masks right? Jessie Quick and Kid Flash look goofy! Arrow looks ok. All other characters with eye masks/goggles look goofy...
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7:45PM on 03/29/2017
Over at ABC Blackbolt must be looking in the mirror at his leather trench coat costume and weeping tears.
Over at ABC Blackbolt must be looking in the mirror at his leather trench coat costume and weeping tears.
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7:41PM on 03/29/2017
Would be cool to see him team up with Static in the show.
Would be cool to see him team up with Static in the show.
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