The CW has picked up the Black Lightning series, and tapped Cress Williams to play the title character. Today, we get our first look at Williams in his costume.

Production is underway in Atlanta, which is a bit of a shift from the Vancouver location many CW series are produced.

The series will follow Jefferson Pierce — now retired from his crime-fighting days — who’s pulled back into vigilante life as one daughter is hell-bent on justice and the other is being recruited by a local gang.

As far as the costume goes, it looks a bit bulky for my taste, almost like Black Lightning is channeling Ray Palmer tech, but Laura Jean Shannon designed costumes for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Iron Man, so I’ll wait to see how it looks in action.

Black Lightning was created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. Black Lightning was the first African-American DC Comics hero to have his own comic series.

via Variety




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1 Comment

  1. I’m on the fence on the costume. On one hand, I think it looks good from a style point of view. On the other hand, I’m not sure it works for this incarnation of the character, though I’m willing to listen to a plausible reason for it within the series (if they have one, and I’m sure they will). Maybe it has a function, like helping to channel his powers better within the scope of the pseudo-science of the series.

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