First Look at Cress Williams as CWs Black Lightening

To me Cress Williams will always be the guy who played that basketball player on Beverly Hills 90210.  I know that’s a disservice to his career as an actor but what can I tell you?  So when the guy is running around fighting crime or whatever he’ll be doing as Black Lightening I’m always going to expect Brandon to show up to have a heart to heart with him.  All kidding aside, Williams looks pretty awesome in his fist picture as Black Lightening, the upcoming comic show that will air on the CW.  And frankly I’m happy to see him land a leading role.  It’s about time.

Says executive producer/writer/director Salim Akil:

I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life. Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when BLACK LIGHTNING was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.

Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking…BLACK LIGHTNING will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.

Check out a first look at Cress below:

Here the synopsis for the show:

Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.


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