Black Lightning Deleted Scene Defies TV Superhero Cliches


The CW's Black Lightning is set for Blu-ray/DVD release June 26 and one of the extra features, a deleted clip from the first season, shows just how real the series gets about everyday issues, such as parenting.

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The clip, posted to Syfy Wire, sees Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) talking to his daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (Chaina Anne McClain), to reframe their relationships. Instead of being the overbearing father with daughters who act out, which Jefferson terms "cliche," he instead explains how he wants to be the dad who realizes his girls are growing up and that they need their space to be adults. It's a frank conversation about how he can be a better father.

It also might be "cliche" to term Black Lightning a necessary show, but the series' first season acted as a conduit for many fans to learn more about experiences apart from their own. For instance, the show not only touches on blackness in America, but also the experiences of women of color who are lesbians or bisexual, all within a superhero action series.

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Returning to The CW in October, Black Lightning was developed by Salim Akil and 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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