Black Lightning builds his super-suit in new pic from The CW series

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Jul 13, 2017

The CW is hard at work on its newest superhero series, Black Lightning, and while we wait for Jefferson Pierce to make his live-action debut next year, we at least have a new official pic.

Hailing from Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Black Lighting is said to not be part of the Arrowverse (although how much truth there is to that remains to be seen) and stars Hart of Dixie’s Cress Williams as the titular superhero.

Black Lighting is a metahuman with superpowers, but that doesn’t mean dude doesn’t need some cool high-tech stuff to protect him -- hence the new bulletproof suit Jefferson builds in the image below.

About putting on the suit for the first time, Williams said: “It was pretty amazing,” adding, “when I put on the suit for the first time, I felt taller, I felt like I could go through walls. I was extremely excited.”

So, what's Black Lightning about? Check out the extended synopsis:

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.

Produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Salim and Mara Brock Akil, Black Lighting is set for an electrifying collision course with our TV screens in early 2018 on The CW. Are you looking forward to the new superhero series?

(via Entertainment Weekly)