Ridin’ Electric: First Look Photo At Cress Williams As Black Lightning Released

Credit: DC Comics

It comes as no surprise that for the 2017-2018 TV season, the CW is eyeing another comic book adaptation from Greg Berlanti.

Not that we’re complaining, we swoon over the Arrowverse on the regular here at 4 Your Excitement. This latest project promises to be amazing (and not just because we predicted it happening).

Black Lightning was originally in the works over at Fox with Berlanti and Being Mary Jane‘s Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil. When Fox went forward with X-Men property, Gifted, the CW (presumably having learned from Supergirl) was quick to scoop up the show.

Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) is to star as Jefferson Pierce, the titular Black Lightning. The pilot was written and directed by Salim Akil, who has a very close connection to the character.

Today, a first look at the new costume for Jefferson Pierce has been released.

Credit: The CW

It looks pretty freaking amazing in my expert opinion. Akil commented on how getting to put his own spin on the suit was a childhood dream come true.

“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.”

Black Lightning will be the first solo series starring an African American superhero. Here’s the synopsis for the series.

Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and 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.

Now the real question is will Black Lightning take place on Earth-1, Earth-38, or be in its own Earth entirely?

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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