Black Lightning (2018– )
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The Resurrection 

A former superhero with the power to control and harness lightning, Jefferson Pierce, otherwise known as Black Lightning, unrolls the secrets of his past to protect his city and his family.


Salim Akil


Tony Isabella (based on characters created for DC by), Trevor Von Eeden (based on characters created for DC by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cress Williams ... Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning
China Anne McClain ... Jennifer Pierce
Nafessa Williams ... Anissa Pierce
Christine Adams ... Lynn Pierce
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ... Tobias Whale
Damon Gupton ... Bill Henderson
James Remar ... Peter Gambi
Dabier ... Will
Skye P. Marshall ... Kara Fowdy
William Catlett ... Lala (as Will Catlett)
Charlbi Dean ... Syonide
Roland Martin ... Roland S. Martin (as Roland S. Martin)
Nina Turner Nina Turner ... Nina Turner (as Senator Nina Turner)
Eric Mendenhall ... Joey Toledo
Kyanna Simone Simpson ... Kiesha


Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of Anissa and Jennifer, and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him...or so he thought. Written by CW

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At 47 years old, Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning) is the second oldest actor to make his debut appearance as a superhero in a live-action production. The oldest is Ron Perlman, who was 54 when he played the title character in Hellboy (2004). See more »


At the motel, when Black Lightning shoots electricity at Will's chest, the pistol Will was holding in his right hand is gone, and it isn't evident on the balcony in the crane shot when Black Lightning levitates Will over the railing. See more »


Anissa Pierce: That's my dress.
Jennifer Pierce: Oh, yeah. So is this one. Now hurry up and put it on before dad gives birth to a small farm animal.
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Welcome Black Lightning!
27 January 2018 | by highmarksreviewsSee all my reviews

Black Lightning started with a bang, making a clear statement that it sought to expand, defy and perfect the superhero genre. "The Resurrection" sets up a gritty tone, key stories, the main villain and explores social issues. The action is vibrant, but never distracting. It's going to be one cool superhero show for sure!

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