The CW has found its Black Lightning. Cress Williams has been hired to play the titular lead in the eponymous series, which was originally slated for Fox, but picked up by CW instead when they realized that every other show on their network is based on a comic book, so why not go all in? Produced by Arrowverse mogul Greg Berlanti and written and produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, Black Lightning is based on the character created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eden for DC Comics, and you can check with Gerry Conway to confirm.
As Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning, Williams play a retired superhero and wanted vigilante dragged back into superheroing and wanted vigilantism by "a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang."
"Southside Metropolis is a real hellhole, worse than Sweden," tweeted President Donald Trump this morning after mistaking a description of the premise for The CW's Black Lightning with an actual news report. Trump threatened to send in the feds if Black Lightning doesn't handle "this problem with education and local gangs" soon. He then banned The Daily Planet from a press briefing addressing his comments.