The CW Adds Nafessa Williams & China Anne McClain To Black Lightning TV Series

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The CW Adds Nafessa Williams & China Anne McClain To Black Lightning TV Series 
Posted by Wilson Morales

March 2, 2017

Source: Deadline

Deadline is reporting that Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain are set to play Anissa Pierce and Jennifer, the daughters of title superhero Jackson Pierce (played by Cress Williams) in the pilot episode to the The CW’s DC superhero Black Lightning that will be produced by DC’s Greg Berlanti and Mara Brock and Salim Akil.

Should The CW greenlight a full series, it would Berlanti’s 5th series with the network, since he already produces Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.


Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, 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 daughter, 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.

Black Lightning has never before appeared in any live-action DC Comics adaptations. He has appeared in a number of animated projects, however, voiced by the likes of Levar Burton and Blair Underwood. He also made a memorable appearance in a 1992 Saturday Night Live sketch, played by Sinbad. Airing just after the iconic “Death of Superman” hit the stands, the sketch sees Black Lightning attempting to crash Superman’s funeral. You can watch the full sketch on NBC‘s official SNL site.

Nafessa Williams’ Anissa Pierce is described as being “passionate and quick-witted” while attempting to both study medicine and work part time at her father’s school. China Anne McClain’s Jennifer Pierce, meanwhile, is said to be “an independent, outspoken scholar-athlete with a wild streak of her own.”

In the comics, Anissa and Jennifer become the super powered crime fighting duo Thunder and Lightning.

Black Lighting will be produced by Berlanti Productions and WBTV.

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