One of the next DC TV shows that is coming in the 2017-2018 TV Season is Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams as the leading hero. In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Williams and Christine Adams, who will be playing Jefferson’s ex-wife Lynn Pierce, spoke about the first season and what fans can look forward to.
Black Lightning will be quite different from the other four DC TV shows on the network as we will be seeing a family drama at the same time. When Williams was asked about the show being more than just a superhero series, he compared it to Battlestar Galactica.
“It’s exactly that. I liken it to Battlestar Galactica. I’m a huge fan of that show, and I got a lot of friends who were into it because whether or not you like sci-fi, it was a great drama. People who weren’t a fan of genre liked the show. That’s our show, is that we’re a family drama. We’re rooted in real life, with super powers on top of it. We haven’t seen that — of course, our skin tone, we haven’t seen a lot of that either, but it’s rooted in real life and it’s really a family drama at the heart of it.”
The character that we don’t know much about so far is Adams’ character Lynn who divorces Jefferson because of his superhero life. When asked for more details on her character, Adams described Lynn as the glue of the family while also chatting about the show as a whole.
“Lynn, in a way, is the glue that holds the family together. They were married at a very young age, she was one of the few people who knew about his super powers, but eventually it became difficult in their marriage for him to go out and endanger himself every night, so that’s what separated them. They have these two children, they still co-parent them, they still have feelings, there’s still a lot of friendship and respect.
It’s a regular, modern marriage in terms of they’ve been through the ropes and now they’re just trying to raise these two young women and hoping that they get it right and hoping the girls turn out okay. Just normal, family stuff that lots of people are going to relate to, and then on the top, you have this extra layer of super powers, so there’s going to be something for everybody in this show. If you want to watch the fight sequences, the special effects, great. If you want to see these young girls potentially getting in trouble, great. If you want to see these two, are they on or are they off? You’re going to get everything.”
“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 Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.”
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil & Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams (Code Black) as Jennifer Pierce, China Anne McClain (House of Payne) as Anissa Pierce and Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Lynn Pierce, will premiere mid-season on The CW.