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The First Exclusive Look at Black Lightning Costume

March 30, 2017

Production has officially begun on The CW’s upcoming DC Comics pilot and you can now get your first exclusive look at BLACK LIGHTNING‘s costume, starring Cress Williams in the title role!

Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock and Sarah Schechter will be executive producing. The show is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil will be directing the pilot from a script he wrote.

Akil said:

“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life… Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.”

For those of you unfamiliar, Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden and made his first appearance in 1977’s Black Lightning #1. The story follows Jefferson Pierce, a former Olympian, who was secretly born with the ability to create and manipulate electromagnetic fields. Although he had abandoned his hometown in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum after the murder of his father, Pierce returns there with his wife and daughters, taking a job as a high school principal. It is after losing one of his students to the gang violence that threatens the city that Pierce decides to take advantage of his powers. Adopting the identity Black Lightning, he becomes a costumed superhero who goes on to serve as team member of both the Outsiders and the Justice League.

The costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon (The Jungle Book, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Iron Man) for which she was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award.

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