REPORT: Black Lightning Character Breakdown, Synopsis Revealed


DC Comics superhero Black Lightning is set to join the rest of his colleagues on The CW after news broke that his pilot would move from Fox to The CW. With production reported to begin in March, That Hashtag Show revealed possible character breakdowns for the series' casting call along with a synopsis.

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What follows are four character breakdowns for Black Lightning's alter ego Jefferson Pierce, his two daughters, and ex-wife:

  • JEFFERSON PIERCE: “Male, African-American, late 30s to 50. Handsome, fit, with an athletic build. Former 3-time gold medal decathlon winner who is now principal of a high school in South Central Los Angeles. A father figure to his student and hero to the local community. JEFFERSON is charming, charismatic, smart, and has both warmth and humor. He is devoted to his two daughters and remains deeply in love with his ex-wife LYNN. He also has a great passion for justice and a quick temper that he has spent years learning how to control. Think Idris Elba. LEAD.
  • JENNIFER: Female. African-American, LEGAL 18 to play 16. JEFFERSON’s younger daughter. JENNIFER is a scholar athlete; beautiful with a lean, athletic runner’s build. She is the entitled feminist of the Pierce family. Independent and outspoken with a wild streak. SERIES REGUALR, ASP.
  • ANISSA: Female. African-American, to play 22. JEFFERSON’s elder daughter. Beautiful, quick-witted and intelligent; intense and passionate. ANISSA has a great respect for her father. ANISA balances the demands of medical school with her duties as a part time teacher at JEFFERSON’s school. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
  • LYNN: Female, African-American, mid 30s to 50. Exudes confidence and intelligence. Beautiful, but not to be trifled with. Can exhibit both great emotional depth as well as a flirtatious, mischievous side. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.”

Fans of the comics will recognize Jefferson's daughters as the teen superheroes Lightning (Jennifer) and Thunder (Anissa). One can assume that we could see them suit up to join their heroic father should The CW charge ahead with a full series.

Below is the series synopsis:

Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.

RELATED: REPORT: Fox's Black Lightning Pilot Begins Filming In March

Black Lightning was created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. The hero was DC Comics’ first major African-American superhero and has served as a member of Batman’s Outsiders and the Justice League.

(via Heroic Hollywood)

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