Jefferson Pierce is a high school teacher, and the vigilante known as Black Lightning.

At first, Black Lightning operated in Los Angeles where he developed a partnership with Blue Devil.[3] He valued this partnership so strongly that he did not want to join the Justice League without Blue Devil.[4]

He retired from being a vigilante and moved back to Cleveland, where he grew up, with his father so his father can spend his last years surrounded by friends and family. After his father's death, he resumed his Black Lightning identity.[2]

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  • Electrokinesis: Jefferson is able to generate and manipulate electricity that is black in color.
    • Electro-Blast: Jefferson is capable of projecting the electricity he produces from his hands, as arcs and blasts.[1]
    • Force Field: Jefferson is able to create an electric force field capable of deflect bullets.[5]
    • Magnetic Manipulation
      • Super-Leaping: Black Lightning can push use an electro-magnetic push against a metal object to throw himself incredibly far distances. While escaping the police Jefferson used their police car to shoot himself a dozen blocks in the air.[5]
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Jefferson possesses superhuman reflexes, as he has shown himself capable of dodging gunfire at close range.[6]


  • Jefferson is aware of Batman's true identity - Bruce Wayne.[8]



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