One of the most interesting aspects of the show set to be explored in The CW’s Black Lightning besides all the superheroics will be the family dynamics. Specifically, those that unite our titular hero Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), ex-wife Lynn (Christine Adams), and father figure and "uncle" Gambi (James Remar).
Slated to premiere tomorrow evening right after The Flash makes its speedy midseason return (so don't go anywhere!), Black Lightning will introduce the Arrowverse to a whole new set of fascinating characters. SYFY WIRE's Tara Bennett got the 411 on the show's family, which includes some people with superpowers ... and some without.
"I love the fact — this is a huge part of the show — that family is a part of it," Williams said. "And when I say family, Gambi's included. He's Uncle Gambi to my daughters and to me, I don't call him dad, but it's like he's my father too, or stepfather. And so when I say family, it's all of us, and I love the family dynamic we explore. The discovery of secrets, the discovery of abilities, all this stuff kind of … that it's not in a vacuum. Okay, so this pops up, how does this affect me, but how does it now ripple through the family? And how does each part of the family get affected and part of the relationships get affected?"
What Remar also loves about the series and the character that he plays is that he gets to be the cool grandpa and not the creepy or boring uncle. "As happens in families, generationally speaking sometimes, the grandpa might be cooler than the dad at any given time. They don't have the same bones to pick. We're gonna have some of that exploration as well where the daughters kind of side with me."
Have a look at our interview above for even more about the Pierce family dynamics in Black Lightning, which debuts January 16 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.