One of the many things fans look for in television and feature film adaptations of their favorite comic book superheroes is how faithful the costumes will stick to the source material. Let’s face it, we’ve come a long way from the days of the X-Men’s all-black leather attire.
Thanks to breakthrough shows like Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, comic book-accurate superhero suits are now the norm on primetime television, with Black Lightning continuing the trend. After spending more than a decade in retirement from crimefighting, Jefferson Pierce donned the Black Lightning costume again to save his daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), from The 100 street gang, and continued to be a vigilante to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Tobias Whale.
A new season can sometimes bring with it an upgrade in costumes, and with Black Lightning and Thunder (Anissa) protecting the Freeland streets, star Cress Williams was asked during a recent Black Lightning set visit attended by CBR how much of a suit upgrade fans can expect heading into Season 2.
“[Laughs] Not as much as I would like,” Williams said. “He gets some upgrades I would say. Just like we did in Season 1 where we started and then we introduced the shield and then we introduced flight. We’re going to continue doing that not only for Jefferson, but for Anissa as well. We have Gambi (James Remar) who is so skilled and excited, so he’s always wanting to introduce new things. So that’s going to happen. As far as the full suit redesign, I’m told that’s coming soon.”
He joked, “I need it to be more breathable, less heavy, more maneuverability. Mostly for comfort level because I’m in it for so long, and to increase the things we can do. It’s really restrictive, and there are a lot of fun things my stunt double wants to do but can’t because you can’t really move that well, so I’m hoping that happens.”
So while fans may not get a full-blown redesign of the Black Lightning costume in Season 2, it doesn’t mean the suit won’t undergo some minor changes to better equip Jefferson during his street-level crusade.
Black Lightning debuts Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Developed by Salim Akil, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson and James Remar as Peter Gambi.
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