Black Lightning (2018– )
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The Resurrection 

A former superhero with the power to control and harness lightning, Jefferson Pierce, otherwise known as Black Lightning, unrolls the secrets of his past to protect his city and his family.


Salim Akil


Tony Isabella (based on characters created for DC by), Trevor Von Eeden (based on characters created for DC by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cress Williams ... Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning
China Anne McClain ... Jennifer Pierce
Nafessa Williams ... Anissa Pierce
Christine Adams ... Lynn Pierce
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ... Tobias Whale
Damon Gupton ... Bill Henderson
James Remar ... Peter Gambi
Dabier ... Will
Skye P. Marshall ... Kara Fowdy
William Catlett ... Lala (as Will Catlett)
Charlbi Dean Kriek ... Syonide (as Charlbi Dean)
Roland Martin ... Roland S. Martin (as Roland S. Martin)
Nina Turner Nina Turner ... Nina Turner (as Senator Nina Turner)
Eric Mendenhall ... Joey Toledo
Kyanna Simone Simpson ... Kiesha


Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of Anissa and Jennifer, and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in 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, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him...or so he thought. Written by CW

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Black Lightning's friend and mentor, Peter Gambi, is a tailor. In the comics, Peter's brother Paul Gambi is also a tailor, who designed the costumes for most of the Flash's super villains. See more »


When Jefferson returns to Gambi's shop to get the new Black Lightning costume, Gambi goes to the front door, draws the shade, and locks the door. However, there is clearly no lock mechanism on the door, he just touches the top of the door handle, but there is an audible click. See more »


Peter Gambi: Do you remember why you became Black Lightning? You wanted to give the people hope. You wanted the evil that's out there to have something to fear. Right now, there's nothing to fear, and evil's running rampant like a plague through this city! Hell, through this world!
Jefferson Pierce: Okay, you know what? Let's cut through the poetry, and just talk real. Now, the purpose of Black Lightning was to kill Tobias, for literally shoving my father's articles down his throat until he died. Then it was because of crime...
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It's like a Luke cage want-to-be without superpowers. Only Luke Cage was terrible and this is potentially much worse.
1 February 2018 | by jimunderscoreSee all my reviews

Do you like TV shows with Black characters acting out highly overplayed stereotypes? Cheesy special effects and a cheesier superHero costume?

DC Pushed LoT to a later starting date to put more focus on this show, Have mercy on us, cancel the show and spend your money on additional episodes for each season of your successful series (Arrow, Flash, LoT) instead of trying to augment them with this and ruining the schedualings that allowed for crossover storylines between the Arrowverse TV Shows.

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