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TV’s first black lesbian superhero, Thunder, to appear on CW series ‘Black Lightning’

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Ahead of Black Lighting’s premiere later this month, The CW has pulled back the curtain on Thunder.

When the superhero series “Black Lightning” debuts next week on The CW, expect his daughter to steal some of his ‘thunder’.

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” 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.

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.

Get your first look at the superhero alter-ego of Anissa Pierce (played by Nafessa Williams) above:

Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The show will air during DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s usual time slot. As such, Supergirl will take a nine-week break while Legends of Tomorrow assumes its time slot to finish out its third season.


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