The CW is looking to add another DC TV series to its lineup. Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) will be suiting up as the titular character as productions begin in Atlanta. An image featuring the character in costume has been released:
While Williams has been acting for over two decades, he is probably best remembered as the flawed father of East Dillon quarterback Vince Howard on NBC’s acclaimed (but tragically under-watched) Friday Night Lights. He is also no stranger to the CW, having played the role of small town Mayor Lavon Hayes on Hart of Dixie for all four seasons.
If Black Lighting is picked up for a full series, it will be joining a heavy superhero lineup of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. While there have been no official announcements of whether the showing will be taking place on Earth-1 (Supergirl is the only DC TV show on the CW that currently resides in a separate universe due to it originally airing on CBS), the character will undoubtedly interact with the current heroes.
The show will reportedly feature Jefferson Pierce (Black Lightning’s civilian name) years after ceasing his vigilante activities. Pierce suits up again after one of his daughters is seduced by a local gang while the other is determined to fight for justice (In the comics, both of his daughters have inherited their father’s lightning powers).
Black Lightning will be lead by Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, who is responsible for the CW’s Arrowverse. No air date has been released as of yet.