The latest DC Comics series has found its star. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Cress Williams is set to play Jackson Pierce and his electrifying alter ego on the upcoming The CW series from Greg Berlanti (producer on the network’s Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow) and The Game and Being Mary Jane‘s Mara Brock and Salim Akil.
Black Lightning has never before appeared in any live-action DC Comics adaptations. He has appeared in a number of animated projects, however, voiced by the likes of Levar Burton and Blair Underwood. He also made a memorable appearance in a 1992 Saturday Night Live sketch, played by Sinbad. Airing just after the iconic “Death of Superman” hit the stands, the sketch sees Black Lightning attempting to crash Superman’s funeral. You can watch the full sketch on NBC‘s official SNL site.
Cress Williams is no stranger to the small screen having starred on series like E.R., Grey’s Anatomy, Code Black and Hart of Dixie. He can be seen coming up on the big screen in High Top Releasing’s Lowriders.
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