As time goes on television and film are truly beginning to become more inclusive. With hows like Insecure, Blackish, Scandal, and black women are beginning to see themselves on TV in their true light. Outside of television and film, comics and doll companies have gotten with the program and are pushing the representation button with force.
As of recently, our favorite auntie in our heads, singer, and songwriter, Jill Scott has joined the DC comic family. Scott is the latest star to join The CW’s Black Lightning. She will be being Lady Eve, who is a DC villain that can be traced back to the Kobra Cult in comic lore. Lady Eve is a professional and a business owner who is shaking things up in Black Lightning.
“Jill is an amazing artist who can embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex. I am excited to see her in the role of Lady Eve,” said Salim Akil.
The show stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce. Jefferson Pierce is battling with his super secret superpower. Pierce is a father, principal, and leader in his gang driven community and neighborhood. He is figuratively the hero around town, but little do they know, 9 years ago Pierce was a literal superhero! Pierce’s had the power to control electricity and he used those powers for good by keeping his hometown safe as Black Lightning. Fast forward 10 years, Pierce aka Black Lightning’s crime fighting days had come to an end until crime and corruption plagued his neighborhood once again.
The series will be written and produced by Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil with Berlanti Prods.’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, for Warner Bros. TV
Look out for the show during midseason in 2018