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Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to 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. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.

Liking the look of this. It's confirmed it's NOT in the Arrowverse, but a world of it's own.

I like he's an older man, with two adult daughters (Who are hopefully heading towards becoming Thunder and Lightning themselves)

Date: 2017-05-19 02:44 am (UTC)
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- Getting a Dark Knight Returns vibe from the premise. #2 of that book was gold.

- The shot with the hoods coming off the Impala (I don't know cars) killed it in tandem with the music! I can see why they led with that.

- So are his kids CW Thunder and Lightning?

- Man, the voice-over seems like it came from a separate editing process / creative direction. Some of the VO lines felt exposition-y, or could've been handled by the scenes themselves.

- Considering they're going to tackle Jefferson's teaching life, The Wire 4 should be recommended viewing for the writer's room - assuming they don't have a garliced-hissing-vampire reaction from the cumulative blackness.

- The 100? Shit, Black Lightning's going to fight Clarke Griffin?

- Maybe a new logo.

- Oh, hey, Costume Jr! I no-shitting love that trope. (See: Batman Begins, Flash/Arrow, Spider-Man: Homecoming). The new costume looks a bit bulky/repressive for combat, and it feels like the 'old' costume should've been the new one, but okay.

- I liked watching OG Jay Garrick in the Flash, so it's nice to see them taking a chance with an older-gen main character. Best of luck! Now do Abigail Hunkel.


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