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Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) is playing Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a Black Lightning, the latest DC Comics superhero who will be joining Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on The CW .

The first image of Cress in the suit has been released.

The show follows father of two Jefferson Pierce (Williams), who chose to hang up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But he’s soon pulled back into the fight as the vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning when one daughter becomes hell-bent on justice, while the other is being recruited by a local gang.

The cast features China Anne McClain (House of Payne) and Nafessa Williams (Code Black) as Jefferson’s daughters, and Christine Adams (Batman Begins, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as his ex-wife.

“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, Calif., 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.” said executive producer Salim Akil.

“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking…Black Lightning will be that hope,”
he continued. “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 superheroes.”

The outfit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, a Costume Designers Guild Award nominee for Iron Man. Her work also includes The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Blade: Trinity.

Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, and first appeared in the comic book “Black Lightning #1” in 1977. The character was the first African-American DC Comics hero to have his own standalone comic title.

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