In Black Lightning Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning.
However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered.
Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him… or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce
China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce
Christine Adams as Lynn
Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce
key behind the scenes crew
Greg Berlanti as Executive Producer
Mara Brock Akil as Executive Producer
Salim Akil as Creator/Executive Producer/Director of pilot
Sarah Schechter as Executive Producer
based on a comic book
Scheduled to premiere Midseason 2018
network and production companies
The CW – Akil Productions – Berlanti Productions – DC Comics – Warner Bros. Television