Earlier this month, The CW took the first step in adding another superhero series to its already DC Comics-packed lineup, ordering a pilot for Black Lightning, based on the DC hero of the same name. The show would be the fifth superhero show on the network right now and the sixth based on a DC Entertainment book (if you count iZombie). The project is of course still in the pilot stage, so we won't know for some time whether a series will follow ... but now we do know who'll star if it does.
According to THR, veteran actor Cress Williams, best known to CW audiences for his role as Lavon Hayes on Hart of Dixie, has been cast as Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning. Even if you don't know Williams' name, there's a good chance you've seen him in something. He's been working steadily in TV for more than 20 years, with recurring roles on ER, Nash Bridges, Veronica Mars, Prison Break and more.
If it makes it to series, Black Lightning will add some diversity to the CW lineup and represent a different flavor of the superhero narrative for the network. Unlike Barry Allen, Kara Danvers and Oliver Queen, Jefferson Pierce will not be a newcomer to the hero game when the series begins; in fact, he'll already be retired. The series will follow Pierce after he's already given up the superhero life until a student recruited by gangs leads him to take out the costume again and resume his work as Black Lightning. It's an interesting contrast to the other solo superhero shows out there right now and will hopefully add more interesting variations along the way.
Black Lightning is written by Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, who will serve as executive producers alongside Arrowverse veteran Greg Berlanti. We'll keep you updated as the pilot develops.