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Black Lightning 

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A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.


Salim Akil
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Series cast summary:
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 49 episodes, 2018-2021
Cress Williams ...  Jefferson Pierce / ... 48 episodes, 2018-2021
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce / ... 48 episodes, 2018-2021
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce / ... 48 episodes, 2018-2021
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 48 episodes, 2018-2021
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 48 episodes, 2018-2021
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 45 episodes, 2018-2021
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne / ... 42 episodes, 2018-2021
Chantal Thuy ...  Grace Choi 25 episodes, 2018-2021
Bill Duke ...  Agent Percy Odell 20 episodes, 2018-2020


Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.

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A retired hero will rise again. See more »


Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The graphic novel version was written in 1977, that was the height of the Black Revolutionary movement, and the push for the advancement of civil rights for all oppressed minorities, which was a cause for concern for certain factions of the Federal Government like the FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, which launched an investigation into these "subversive" movements via COINTELPRO, or Counter Intelligence Program, which the Bureau perceived was going to tear the country apart . It was this sentiment which the writers tried to convey, when Gambi stated "... make them passive and keep them docile in what was a very politically-explosive environment" See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and DC Comics logos are charged with lightning. See more »


Referenced in Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) See more »

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Hmmm, why are people slamming this show
18 January 2018 | by dannanoblesSee all my reviews

Black Lightning's first episode was super cool and I see the potential for it to get even better. There was nothing "over the top" or "a bit too much" to a viewer with a mature and REALISTIC awareness to today's American Culture (for non-white individuals). Portraying such situations is reality and if that offends you then you simply deny reality. A comment was made that BLM created this show, how ignorant. If a drama showing what others experience irks you then perhaps YOU should not feel entitled to harshly judge what YOU don't understand. It's not for YOU so move along rather than try to destroy it -the American way- with nastiness and bigotry. The cast was perfect. His suit was just fine. The story will only get better despite what THEY say. After all, if a pathetic, unrealistic movie/shows like 300, Wonderwoman and Arrow etc can be tolerated them Black Lightning is perfectly fine. Forget what THEY say because THEY were going to be nasty regardless because this show doesn't cater to them via story line, visuals etc and it DOESN'T have too. GO BLACK LIGHTNING!!

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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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