WATCH: Cress Williams' delightful imitation of the Super Friends announcer

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Jan 22, 2018

The CW's new superhero series Black Lightning returns for a second installment tomorrow with an all-new episode titled "Lawanda: The Book of Hope." Last week, the show's first episode was well-received by critics and fans alike and landed the network its biggest premiere in two years since the debut of Legends of Tomorrow, so it will definitely be interesting to see if the numbers hold up in its second outing.

During the red-carpet premiere of the comic book TV series, SYFY WIRE had the chance to chat with star Cress Williams (who was all smiles during the interview with our very own Mike Avila), who plays the role of Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning. Williams wowed us with a pretty great imitation of the Super Friends announcer: "Meanwhile, in the Hall of Justice..."

 

Produced by Hanna-Barbera and centering on the adventures of the Justice League of America (it featured DC Comics characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman, and Robin), the show was a staple of ABC's Saturday morning cartoon network and ran from 1973 to 1986.

"We had so little at that time," said Williams. "So you had to soak up everything. I mean now for us geeks, we have a plethora, we have a feast."

Talk turned to Black Vulcan, an African American superhero specifically created for the animated series whose superpowers was… electricity manipulation. Black Vulcan wasn't part of the DC roster and the character was introduced in Super Friends since they could not use Black Lightning because of a dispute between DC and character creator Tony Isabella.

When asked if he was glad he was starring on Black Lightning instead of Black Vulcan, Williams said that he was "really excited to originate it." Check out our video interview above before having a look at more of our red carpet interview with the cast of Black Lightning.

Black Lightning airs Tuesday nights at 9PM on The CW following an episode of The Flash.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.