'Black Lightning' co-creator Mara Brock Akil spoke a bit about how Black Lighting will offer a more positive image of a black man and his family.
According to The Screenrant , Black Lightning created by writer Tony Isabella for DC Comics in 1977 (after another editor attempted to create a wildly racist character called Black Bomber), tells the story of Jefferson Pierce, a devoted family man and educator by day, and electrified superhero by night. Black Lightning was among the first major Black superheroes for DC in the 70s and has been a sporadic presence in the DC Universe ever since.
Cress Williams is set to portray the titular vigilante/family man in The CW TV adaptation.
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“What we want to do is put Black men and the Black family back at the center. A lot of the other shows have been led through the view of Black women, so it’s time to place the Black male back and give him a voice at the table. We have to take back the image of Black men raising their families,” Mara Brock Akil (the co-creator of the character) said at Essence Festival 2017.
Akil also claimed that hero’s two daughters (Jennifer Pierce and Anisa Pierce, who are played by China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams, respectively) will also possess super powers, so she expects the image of two young black women as heroes to be empowering for viewers.
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“His daughters will have powers. So, two young Black girls are going to be in a superhero suit. The empowerment that we have to help, save, and be the hope in our own lives is what Black Lightning is all about.”
Black Lightning will be the first show to feature a non-white lead for The CW’s corner of the DC Universe.