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Cress Williams Cast As The Lead For Mara Brock and Salim Akil’s Black Lightning Series For The CW

Cress Williams Cast As The Lead For Mara Brock and Salim Akil’s Black Lightning Series For The CWPosted by Wilson Morales

February 24, 2017

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cress Williams has been cast to play the lead role of Jackson Pierce in the pilot episode to the The CW’s DC superhero Black Lightning that will be produced by DC’s Greg Berlanti and Mara Brock and Salim Akil.

Should The CW greenlight a full series, it would Berlanti’s 5th series with the network, since he already produces Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

The site also states that,“If ‘Black Lightning’ is greenlit for 2017-2018, sources close to the network explain that the shows would be staggered throughout the year, rather than scheduling five separate nights of superhero programming.”


Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, made his first appearance in 1977’s “Black Lightning” #1. The story follows Jefferson Pierce, a former Olympian, who was secretly born with the ability to create and manipulate electromagnetic fields. Although he had abandoned his hometown in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum after the murder of his father, Pierce returns there with his wife and daughter, taking a job as a high school principal. It is after losing one of his students to the gang violence that threatens the city that Pierce decides to take advantage of his powers. Adopting the identity Black Lightning, he becomes a costumed superhero who goes on to serve as team member of both the Outsiders and the Justice League.

Black Lightning has never before appeared in any live-action DC Comics adaptations. He has appeared in a number of animated projects, however, voiced by the likes of Levar Burton and Blair Underwood. He also made a memorable appearance in a 1992 Saturday Night Live sketch, played by Sinbad. Airing just after the iconic “Death of Superman” hit the stands, the sketch sees Black Lightning attempting to crash Superman’s funeral. You can watch the full sketch on NBC‘s official SNL site.

Best known for playing the the love interest of Queen Latifah’s character Khadijah in the Fox TV series Living Single, Williams’ other TV credits include E.R., Grey’s Anatomy, Code Black and Hart of Dixie. He can be seen coming up on the big screen in High Top Releasing’s Lowriders.

Black Lighting will be produced by Berlanti Productions and WBTV.

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