The CW has an image of Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in costume as Black Lightning, the star of the network’s latest DC comics adaptation. The show has just begun production in Atlanta. The character was described in the network’s casting call as “think Idris Elba” so you could say this is basically Super-Luther.
Although the show is being exec produced by Arrow/The Flash/Legends Of Tomorrow/Supergirl overseer Greg Berlanti it has not been confirmed yet if the show will officially be part of the Arrowverse. It’s also interesting that the channel which is known for its YA-aimed output is making a show starring a guy in early middle age!
The costume is designed by Laura Jean Shannon (The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Iron Man).
“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California,” says co-executive producer Saim Akil. “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.”
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, first appeared in Black Lightning #1 (1977). Jefferson Pierce is a former Olympian who was secretly born with the ability to create and manipulate electromagnetic fields. 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.