5 Actors Who Could Play TV’s Black Lightning

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With the news dropping today that Greg Barlenti may be looking to add another DC TV show to his resume, Black Lightning will be in need of a leading man quicker than you can say The Flash. The show is currently being pitched to different networks in hopes of being picked up, and with DC television being such a hot item right now the show will most likely be scooped up quickly. The CW has Friday nights open, and with the success their current shows have had other networks have already gotten in on the superhero fun and will probably continue to do so.

Between the CW’s Monday-Thursday line up, Fox’s Gotham and Lucifer, AMC’s Preacher, and NBC’s ill-fated Constantine, it seems like Black Lightning could end up anywhere. For now, however, we will just have to wait for an official announcement. In the meantime, as fans, we sure do love our fan-casts, and this time we get the chance to pick out five actors that could bring DC’s first African-American headlining TV superhero to life. What an awesome time we live in.

Without further ado, here are five actors that could play TV’s Black Lightning.


Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.


    I’ll take “I don’t know that many black actors” for $500, Alex?

    Orlando Jones has been the frontrunner for BL for the better part of a year.

    • Orlando Jones is 48, no shot.

      • SAMURAI36

        Good thing Hollywood doesn’t go by that logic, otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten Lois Lane, Iron Man, and any role that Idris Elba has recently played.

      • ghost race Killa

        Orlando Jones is perfect he’s older and they say it’ll be after he retires and already has had children it’s perfect he doesn’t need to be young and spry looking like he’s in his twenties as not a good look for a retired vigilante and father of a teenage daughter

        • Bruce Norris

          Orlando Jones looks like an older version of the kid from “EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS”. Dude would make a better, classic, Joker.

      • SAMURAI36

        Also, Affleck is set to play Batman for the next 5 years, and he’s already pushing 50 now. But hey Orlando has “no shot”.

        Got it.

        • Affleck’s Batman is meant to be a take on the old weathered Batman from The Dark Knight Returns. He’s the perfect age.

          • SAMURAI36

            Ah, I see. And how old is Lois Lane supposed to be? Or Tony Stark?

  • Bruce Norris

    Off the top of my head, I think Michael Ealy could play the role.

  • JNAZ

    How about Henry Simmons, aka Mack from Agents of Shield season 2? Always thought that guy would be perfect as John Stewart, but since there’s no way he makes it to the DCEU might as well put him on DC TV.

  • Pooch Hall would be cool. FYI he’s a series regular on Ray Donovan.

    • Did not realize – thanks for the info.