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Black Lightning has a new villain. Recently, DC Comics announced Marvin "Krondon" James III has been cast in the CW's upcoming TV show.Based on the DC comics, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero who returns to crime fighting because of his daughter, Jennifer. The cast includes Cress Williams, Nefessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams.Read More… »
Whale is an African-American who suffers from albinism and is the leader of the street gang, The 100, Freeland’s most powerful gang. Tobias was formerly a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning’s father. In retaliation, Tobias murdered Alvin and went into exile, secretly rebuilding his empire and becoming the leader of the feared gang. When Jefferson becomes Black Lightning once again, it forces Whale to return as well in a desire for revenge against Black Lightning.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. He’s going to make a great Tobias,” executive producer Salim Akil said. »
- Ricky Church
That Black Lightning revolves around an African-American family is “the least interesting” about The CW’s midseason superhero series.
As showrunners Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game) proceeded to note during their and the cast’s visit to TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite, the title character’s daughters will face their own battles as Dad (played by Cress Williams) gets drawn back into the costumed crimefighting game after a 10-year hiatus.
“Anissa (Nafessa Williams) is going to come »
The CW showcased its DC superhero slate at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, offering up the first trailers for the new seasons of Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.
While the network didn’t have any footage from its newest DC show Black Lightning, we did however get word on two new series regulars, with James Remar (Dexter) and Damon Gupton (Bates Motel) both announced as signing on to the cast.
Per Coming Soon, Remar will play Peter Gambi, “the oldest friend of Jefferson Pierce. Gambi is Jefferson’s father figure, mentor and ‘tailor.’ His history with Jefferson goes back farther and deeper than anyone knows, and Gambi’s role in Jefferson’s life will become a painful window into the past that will affect the future of their relationship forever.
Gupton is set to play Inspector Henderson, “a veteran officer of the law who is »
- Gary Collinson
The new CW show “Black Lightning” came to Comic-Con to tease what the newest addition to the superhero lineup will be about when it debuts this fall.
Salim Akil explained, “It’s time [for Black Lightning.] Jefferson Pierce is the epitome of what black men are: He loves his wife, his children, and the community. This family is the Obamas of the superhero world. This show will have an authentic black voice. This character will add something to the conversation. We’ve always been character-based and we’ll continue to be character-based. It’s about when and how he uses his powers and why. We want people to get to know this family. Their powers, like their race, is only part of who they are. There’s definitely a problem with police brutality and we will »
- Diane Gordon
Well, this is super-pretty.
A visually stunning new trailer for Black Lightning (premiering at midseason) recounts the leap from comic book page to TV screen for Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and other heroes (and villains) in The CW’s ever-growing arsenal.
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The network’s latest addition, Black Lightning, stars Cress Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) as Jefferson Pierce, the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence. Years ago, »
With news that The CW plans to screen the show’s pilot episode at Sdcc – ditto for Syfy and Superman prequel series, Krypton – creator and producer Mara Brock Akil has been soliciting questions about Black Lightning.
Pegged for a midseason premiere on The CW, where it’ll join other DC-related adaptations in the vein of The Flash, Vixen, and Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning places Cress Williams in the boots of Jefferson Pierce, a retired vigilante-turned-family-man who walked away from a life of fighting crime in order to raise a family…only to be pulled back into the game. Widely considered to be one of the first prominent black superheroes of the 1970s, a small-screen rendition of Black Lightning is no small matter, and while chatting to Essence (via Screen Rant), Mara Brock Akil pinpointed its representation of a nuclear black family.
What we want to do is put Black »
- Michael Briers
Warner Bros. TV has unveiled its Comic-Con 2017 slate, which will feature the first Big Bang Theory cast panel in five years.
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Ahead of Season 11, cast members Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Kevin Sussman will be on hand for a Q&A, following four consecutive years of writers’ room panels. (At this time, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch are not scheduled to appear.)
The CW is set to add another DC show to its slate midseason with the arrival of Black Lightning, and according to showrunner Salim Akil, Jefferson Pierce may not be the only superhero we’ll be seeing the series.
“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way,” said Akil. “So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.”
Warner Bros. has had ambitions of bringing Virgil Hawkins into the world of live action for several years now, with a digital series announced way back in 2014 and rumours that Jaden Smith was being eyed for the lead as Static. However, the project failed to materialise.
- Gary Collinson
“Welcome to the Ufc, we have amazing fights,” began master of ceremonies Jaime Camil at the Brass Ring Awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton. “We’re gonna bring out the cage and you’re gonna see amazing fighters. So, let’s get ready to rumble!”
“Oh, that’s another Ufc?” questioned Camil. “Oh, sorry.”
The United Friends of the Children presented their 14th annual Brass Ring Awards on Thursday night honoring The CW, CW Good, and Jo Kaplan, Esq. Ufc is a nonprofit organization that provides “critical services to ensure that foster youth can graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, find stable housing, and gain impactful employment” while maintaining relationships with those children into adulthood. The Brass Ring Awards honor those whose humanitarian efforts better the lives of children.
Following the “Jane the Virgin” host’s comical Ultimate Fighting Championship confusion, Ufc CEO and president Dr. Kara Allen Soldati took the stage to share »
- JD Knapp
Black Lightning Trailer The CW‘s Black Lightning (2018) TV show trailer stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams, and Dabier. Black Lightning‘s plot synopsis: “Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a [...]
Continue reading: Black Lightning (2018) TV Show Trailer: Being a Superhero Runs in the Family [The CW] »
- Rollo Tomasi
"...'Jefferson Pierce '(Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community.
"Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity...
"...he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante 'Black Lightning'.
"However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family...
"...he left his »
- Michael Stevens
Most of the DC super hero shows to come out in the last few years have landed on the CW, and the upcoming Black Lightning continues the trend. However, unlike most CW shows, this one revolves around a middle-aged super hero with a family. The official synopsis indicates that this series will be more mature than the rest of the CW line-up.
Most of the DC super-hero shows airing on the CW network feature actors who are too young for the characters they are playing. In a surprising departure from the norm, DC and the CW have cast a 46-year-old leading man for their upcoming series. The character of Black Lighting, Aka Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) will not be a lovelorn youth obsessing over his girlfriend (like Oliver with Felicity or Barry with Iris) but is instead a married man with two teen daughters. No amateur super-heroing here…this hero »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The CW have released the first trailer for their latest superhero show, Black Lightning. However, don’t get too excited about seeing the character crossover with the rest of the networks DC line-up. Said network chief Mark Pedowitz at a recent CW upfront presentation: “we do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation. But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four of the shows that are on in the fall.” Booooooo!!
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. »
- Phil Wheat
Black Lightning is back, and The CW's got him. Check out this new trailer for the upcoming Black Lightning TV show. The newest D.C. Comics-inspired series will premiere mid-season on The CW. Cress Williams stars in Black Lightning as Jefferson Pierce, a superhero-turned-principal, who resumes fighting crime when the local gang, The One Hundred, menaces the streets of New Orleans. The CW cast also includes Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams. Read More… »
Following the announcement that Black Lightning has been officially ordered to series, The CW has revealed a first look trailer for their latest DC Comics adaptation which stars Cress Williams in the lead role as the titular superhero; take a look below…
Meanwhile, The CW Network President Mark Pedowitz has revealed that the show currently has no involvement in the Arrowverse: “”We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation. But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four of the shows that are on in the fall… Our belief is that we will never have more than four DC shows [on] at a time, as far as that goes, so we’ll always have a rotation of some sort.”
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As »
- Amie Cranswick
Lifted from the pages of Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden’s comic book series, Black Lightning tells the story of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a once-iconic costumed crusader who decided to retire from the superhero scene soon after becoming a father. China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams will play Jefferson’s two daughters, Jennifer and Anissa, while we understand Christine Adams is attached to the part of his estranged wife, Lynn.
Per Deadline, here’s the official logline for Black Lightning: “He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer, hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back »
- Michael Briers
DC Comics adaptation “Black Lightning” and “Life Sentence,” which stars “Pretty Little Liars” alum Lucy Hale, are both set to debut midseason. “Dynasty” will air Wednesdays after “Riverdale” starting this fall, while “Valor” will also bow in the fall on Mondays after “Supergirl.”
Watch the trailers below.
Jefferson Pearce previously fought crime as the vigilante Black Lightning, but has since retired. 10 years later, he is drawn back into battle when crime and corruption plague his city once more.
In a reboot of the classic primetime soap opera, Fallon Carrington is poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she »
- Joe Otterson
“Dynasty” has reclaimed its night in history.
For much of the primetime soap’s original 1980s run on ABC, it aired on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. And that’s exactly where The CW is putting the show’s reboot, which The CW confirmed was a nod to tradition.
As for The CW’s new lineup, the network will make several other aggressive moves, including shifting “Arrow” to Thursday nights behind “Supernatural”; pairing “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (which shifts to 8 p.m.) with “Jane the Virgin” on Fridays. Also, by moving “Jane” off Mondays, The CW will utilize “Supergirl” to help launch new military drama “Valor.”
Meanwhile, with five comic »
- Michael Schneider
DC Comics drama “Arrow” moves to Thursday to reunite with “Supernatural.” “Supergirl” slides down an hour on Monday to 8 p.m. to make room for new military-themed drama “Valor” at 9 p.m. The CW formally presents its schedule later today to advertisers in New York, closing out a busy week of broadcast network upfront events.
“Next season, we will have our strongest schedule ever, with a broad range of series to appeal to both women and men, across a wide range of demographics,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “And we will continue to provide our advertisers new opportunities to reach our audience, the youngest of any broadcaster, on every platform.”
Tuesday remains status quo with the network’s top-rated “The Flash” at 8 p.m »
- Cynthia Littleton
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