DC Comics Black Lightning TV Show Trailer
DC Comics Black Lightning is the Latest super hero to get his very own television series, that will air on The CW Network first on Jan 16 2018 for a total of 13 episodes.
Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil created the series.
Cast : Cress Williams ,China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III.
Plot : The series sees the retired Black Lightning return to the hero life and fight criminals in his corrupt community.
DC Comics Black Lightning was the first African American super hero to feature in DC Comics way back in April 1977 during the bronze age of comic books.The character was created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden.He made his first appearance in DC Comics Black Lightning #1
Born Jefferson Pierce, he grew up in the dangerous Southside section of Metropolis known as Suicide Slum. Returning to his hometown after an extended leave due to tragedy, Pierce becomes the principal at Garfield High School. Having suppressed his abilities since adolescence, he adopts his new alias and persona to combat the criminals and corrupt leadership in the area while protecting his loved ones from harm.
Tony Isabella, an experienced writer having done work for the Luke Cage character at Marvel Comics, was signed on to develop DC’s first starring black character. He pitched the idea for DC Comics Black Lightning and it was developed though only 11 issues were published in the first series due to the 1978 DC Implosion. However, the character continued to make appearances in other titles over the years, including a Justice League of America storyline in which Pierce is offered but turns down a position with the group.
Elements of DC Comics Black Lightning were controversial when the character first debuted. In the character’s early days, Black Lightning was depicted wearing an afro wig and affecting an exaggerated Harlem jive vernacular as part of his efforts to conceal his identity as highly educated school professional Jefferson Pierce. Black Lightning later becomes one of the founding members of the Batman-helmed Outsiders superhero team.
In the 2000s, DC Comics introduced Black Lightning’s daughters, who inherited metahuman abilities from their father. His eldest daughter Anissa, known as Thunder, can alter her density, rendering her almost indestructible and create shockwaves by stomping the ground. Pierce’s younger child Jennifer, also a superhero known as Lightning, has powers almost identical to her father though she is still inexperienced and not in full control of them.
Along with his presence in comics, Black Lightning has made various appearances in DC-related animated television series, video games and comic strips. The character is being portrayed in live action for the first time by Cress Williams for the self-titled television series, a production of The CW network. In 2011, he was ranked 85th overall on IGN’s “Top 100 Comic Books Heroes” list. (source wikipedia)
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