Skip to content

‘Black Lightning’ Character Breakdowns Revealed

A few weeks ago we found out that The CW picked up Black Lighting when Fox decided to pass on the project. It already has a pilot order and if its picked up for a full season, this will be the fifth DC TV show on The CW. Lit.

The show is reportedly starting production in March, so casting is definitely a big priority for them right now. During the latest episode of That Hashtag Show, the hosts dropped a breakdown of what characters Black Lightning is currently casting.

Check it out below:

“JEFFERSON PIERCE:  “Male, African-American, late 30s to 50. Handsome, fit, with an athletic build. Former 3-time gold medal decathlon winner who is now principal of a high school in South Central Los Angeles. A father figure to his student and hero to the local community. JEFFERSON is charming, charismatic, smart, and has both warmth and humor. He is devoted to his two daughters and remains deeply in love with his ex-wife LYNN. He also has a great passion for justice and a quick temper that he has spent years learning how to control. Think Idris Elba. LEAD.

JENNIFER: Female. African-American, LEGAL 18 to play 16. JEFFERSON’s younger daughter. JENNIFER is a scholar athlete; beautiful with a lean, athletic runner’s build. She is the entitled feminist of the Pierce family. Independent and outspoken with a wild streak. SERIES REGUALR, ASP.

ANISSA: Female. African-American, to play 22. JEFFERSON’s elder daughter. Beautiful, quick-witted and intelligent; intense and passionate. ANISSA has a great respect for her father. ANISA balances the demands of medical school with her duties as a part time teacher at JEFFERSON’s school. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.

LYNN: Female, African-American, mid 30s to 50. Exudes confidence and intelligence. Beautiful, but not to be trifled with. Can exhibit both great emotional depth as well as a flirtatious, mischievous side. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.”


Source: Heroic Hollywood

If you’re a fan of Black Lightning, you will recognize Jennifer and Anissa as the female heroes Lightning and Thunder. Looks like Virgil isn’t a main priority for the show right now.


Synopsis: Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.

What do you guys think about the casting call? Who would you want to see play these characters? Let us know in the comments below. Stay Lit.

Source: That Hashtag Show, Heroic Hollywood 

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: