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Black Lightning
Black Lightning (JLI).jpg
Vital statistics
Real name Jefferson Pierce
Alias Jeff
Species Human
Production details
First appearance "New Beginning"


Early Life[]

Jefferson Pierce was born with his lightning abilities because his father had been struck by lightning the day Jefferson was conceived. He grew up and became a middle school science teacher, as well as the superhero Black Lightning. He fell in love with a woman named Lynne Stewart and they were married soon.

Justice League[]

During the Justice League's second wave of recruits, Black Lightning was the first one nominated because he had previously saved Wonder Woman's life from a bullet that would have gone straight through her throat, shot by the Joker. He was accepted by unanimous consent. He became friends with Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and the Flash.


After Superman's "death" the Justice League took a vote on whether or not to disband. Black Lightning was in favor of keeping the Justice League active. However, that was out-voted and they were all forced to leave the Justice League. He and his wife, Lynn, decided to move to Canada where they can start a family, free of his past life as Black Lightning. When Batman offered him a chance on the Justice League, Jefferson said he would love to, but he desires to remain in Canada with his wife and unborn son.

Alternate Future[]

Jefferson raised his son to become the hero Black Static. When Darkseid killed most of the Justice League, he took Black Lightning prisoner and forced him to become a slave, along with Black Canary, Captain Marvel, and Plastic Man.