WATCH: Cress Williams on becoming the original Black Lightning

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Jan 19, 2018

Black Lightning debuted this week with a bang, scoring The CW network its best series premiere since Legends of Tomorrow two years ago, and getting positive buzz from fans and critics alike.

SYFY WIRE was on hand at the premiere for a red-carpet interview with the cast of the new superhero series, including star Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning), China Anne McClain (Jennifer Pierce), Christine Adams (Lynn Pierce), Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce), and James Remar (Peter Gambi). Check out the video below, where we talk musical episodes, working-class superheroes as opposed to billionaire ones (looking at you, Bruce Wayne, Oliver Queen, and Tony Stark), and more.

 

Some of the highlights of the interviews include Cress Williams being thrilled to be the first actor ever to play Black Lightning, the superhero originally created in 1977 by writer Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden for DC Comics. “I’m really excited to originate it. You know, one of my friends who’s a huge comic book fan, he’s like, 'You know, you’re not following in somebody else’s footsteps, like you’re creating this character, so if they ever do it again, it’s gonna be always going back to you.' And that’s very exciting.”

“I think what’s so interesting is that you’ve got a superhero show, and you’ve got superheroes who wants to do it, who wants to get out there to make changes, and then you’ve got someone who’s more reluctant,” said Adams. “And I think that’s something we haven’t seen before.”

And that's just a blip of the electric ground we cover. Watch above for Remar’s answer about why Black Lightning is more accessible to viewers, Cress Williams revealing which CW superhero he’d like to go toe to toe with, McClain’s thoughts on musical episodes, Nafessa Williams' story about her first day filming with superpowers, and more.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.