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.
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
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!
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...