Nafessa Williams, who plays Anissa Pierce/Thunder on the series, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a behind the scenes photo of herself along with costars Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning), China Anne McClain (Jennifer Pierce/Lightning), Christine Adams (Lynn Pierce) and showrunner Salim Akil. Check it out below.
Not much is known about the series' upcoming sophomore season, though there may be some big changes in store for the Pierce family. A recent report from TV Line indicated that "a flurry of fresh faces are being cast" for the series, including a scientist named Dr. Jace, a new love interest for Anissa, and a new principal for Garfield High.
Even without the curious new characters potentially joining the series, there will certainly be some fallout from the Season 1 finale. The series ended its season with the A.S.A.'s leader Martin Proctor dying and the terrible experiments he had been conducting on the citizens of Freeland for decades exposed. It also saw both Anissa and Jennifer embracing their powers while Lynn came to accept her children and ex-husband are heroes making it truly a family affair. But it's not all good things for the Pierces next season. Villain Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III) will loom large, causing trouble for Black Lightning wherever he can. You can check out the official synopsis for the second season of Black Lightning below.
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man with many faces. He is a former Olympic athlete, respected educator and a father of two. He is also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of Freeland with the ability to sense and harness electricity.
Jefferson is not the only one with powers and multiple faces. His oldest daughter, Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) is a medical student, part-time teacher and dedicated social activist. She is also the super hero known as Thunder who possesses the ability to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Finally, Jefferson's youngest daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father's athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited super powers. Her body generates pure electrical energy and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson. Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams) is Jefferson's ex-wife but they are still very much in love in addition to sharing the load as co-parents. She's also an accomplished medical researcher who is fast becoming an expert in metahuman medicine. Together, the Pierce family faces the challenges of the declined urban community that is the fictional city of Freeland, including corrupt officials and a menacing gang that calls itself The 100.
Worse, Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III), an infamous gangster, plagues this city and increasingly, metahumans with superpowers will prey upon the city, too. Fortunately, the family has allies in their fight, Jefferson's surrogate father and a former covert superspy, Peter Gambi (James Remar), as well as Jefferson's friend and neighbor, the committed and scrupulously honest Deputy Police Chief Henderson (Damon Gupton).
Based on characters from DC, Black Lightning was created for television by Salim Akil. The show comes from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash"), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil ("Being Mary Jane," "The Game," "Girlfriends") and Eric Wallace. Black Lightning was created for DC Comics by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
Black Lightning returns for its second season this fall, airing on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT after The Flash on The CW.