When the superhero series “Black Lightning” debuts next week on The CW, expect his daughter to steal some of his thunder.
FIRST BLACK LESBIAN SUPERHERO
That’s because she will be TV’s first black lesbian superhero, and she will have a girlfriend. That’s right. She will not be in the closet, but her fabulous outfit will be. Check out her gold garb in the photo.
“Black Lightning” will premiere Jan. 16.
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“Black Lightning” is based on the eponymous DC comic book character, who fights crime with superhuman powers that let him control electricity.
DC COMIC BOOK
“Black Lightning” was DC Comics‘ first African-American superhero when it debuted in April 1977 with its own imprint.
Cress Williams (“Hart Of Dixie,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Living Single”) plays Black Lightning and his alter ego, Jefferson Pierce.
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RETURNING TO FIGHTING CRIME
Nine years after retiring from fighting crime to focus on his family and career, Pierce finds himself forced back into superhero duty when his daughters, Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams), are threatened by a local gang.
Jennifer — Lightning — has electric abilities like her dad and the power of flight.
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Anissa — Thunder — can become temporarily invulnerable and generate massive shockwaves.
Anissa will also get a love interest, half-Amazonian, Asian-American character Grace Choi, played by Chantal Thuy.