Black Lightning from The CW had a very strong presence at WonderCon this year with a panel and roundtable interviews with the press. Flickering Myth’s own Tai Freligh attended and had the chance to sit down and chat with showrunner Salim Akil and writers Lamont Magee, Adam Giaudrone, and Pat Charles.
Watch the full interview with showrunner Salim Akil.
Watch the full interview with writer Lamont Magee.
Watch the full interview with writer Adam Giaudrone.
Watch the full interview with writer Pat Charles.
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
Black Lightning airs on Tuesdays on The CW.
Tai Freligh is a Los Angeles-based writer and can be found on Twitter.
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