Published On: Fri, Jun 1st, 2018

Cress Williams talks ‘Black Lightning,’ says Jefferson would be the ‘Black Jesus’ in reality

Cress Williams had roles on ER, Grey’s Anatomy and Friday Night Lights is now that face of the newest DC comics franchise, Black Lightning.

Speaking with fans at MegaCon, Williams was asked about his role as Jefferson Piece, being seen as a community figure and yet is almost hunted by law enforcement — how does Williams think this would play out in a realistic setting?

“Well, Jefferson is seen as what they call “Black Jesus” in Freeland because he stepped up in his community. I feel that it would be the same in reality, idolized by the people but watched by law enforcement.”
Black Lightning has struck a chord with audiences by being down to earth, rooted in reality. Williams told Tampabay.com that “the show is really about a family that’s rooted in the real life and social issues. And when you look at the issues in the original comics, take away the afro and they’re still applicable to today. The superhero is now a genre in its own right, and it allows movies and show to have more socially conscious stories and family drama.”
The CW Network has already picked up a second season of Black Lightning so expect more from Cress and the team.
MegaCon 2018 is a wrap so look ahead to next year, but mark your calendars for MEGACON TAMPA BAY: SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2018
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