CW’s Black Lightning to introduce first Black lesbian superhero: Thunder

A black lesbian superhero is set to make a groundbreaking entrance on your TV screen.

Black Lightning, which premieres January 16, features the title character as a father to two daughters: Thunder and Lightning.

Thunder, played by by 28-year-old Nafessa Williams, goes by Anissa Pierce when not suited up. Williams told crowds at 2017’s San Diego Comic Con that she feels Anissa is “timely and necessary.”

In the comics, Anissa discovers that she has the ability to increase her body’s mass without increasing her size, which makes her dense and impenetrable. She can take a punch like it was nothing and can even make herself bulletproof. Of course, she can create powerful shock-waves, hence “Thunder.”

According to PinkNews, there’s much for LGBTQ+ fans to be excited about:

“Just like in the comics, Thunder’s getting a love interest.

Played by Pretty Little Liars actress Chantal Thuy, the half-Amazonian, Asian-American Grace Choi will feature in the show as Anissa’s girlfriend.”

Check out more images and sneak-peeks of Thunder and the rest of the cast on the Black Lightning page at The CW.

Black Lightning premieres January 16th 9pmEST on The CW network. 

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