Watch: Everything you need to know about Black Lightning

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Apr 13, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT

By now you've probably heard that The CW is going forward with its latest DC-based superhero show, Black Lightning.

You may have also heard that the title role will be played by Cress Williams.

But who is Jefferson Pierce, and what's his deal? Well, he's been around since 1977, and was the first African American DC superhero to get his own title. He also has the power to control lightning, though you may have guessed that part already.

And there's more. A lot more.

Step right up for a little DC Comics 101 below ...

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