The CW’s Black Lightning superhero TV series has found its leading man in Hart of Dixie actor Cress Williams.
A few weeks ago, producers Greg Berlanti and Mara Brock Akil announced that they would be moving the DC drama show from Fox to The CW, to be amongst the other superhero TV titles (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow). Now they’ve found they their lead. Williams will star as Black Lighting/Jefferson Pierce in the upcoming show.
Written by Akil and Brock Akil, based on the character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, and to be directed by Akil, Black Lightning will centre around DC Comics superhero who can generate and control lightning. It marks the first show in the Berlanti DC universe that will focus on a black superhero.
THR describes CW’s Black Lightning as a man who chose to cast aside his superhero identity years ago, only to be pulled back into action once more when a student of his is embroiled in gang warfare.
Black Lightning will reportedly begin production in March and could potentially join The CW’s slate of DC superhero shows as a full series for the 2017-2018 season.