Black Lightning is a super-hero with the ability to generate and control lightning. Originally he was a high school principal and Olympic-level athlete who became a vigilante to take down organized crime in Metropolis' Suicide Slum. Eventually he would become a member of Batman's team of Outsiders for many years, and he has also been a member of the Justice League.
Black Lightning is first seen in the garage of his home in Washington, going over plans for housing the survivors of the Metropolis disaster when Batman announces his presence, surprising Jefferson and making his eyes crackle with electricity. Jefferson is annoyed by Batman's sudden appearance, asking "The world's greatest detective can't find my doorbell?"
When Batman asks him what he is working on, Jefferson explains he's working with the Department of Housing to find homes for the one hundred thousand survivors from Metropolis, explaining that there were more survivors outside of the city at the time. Batman compliments his work, and promises to help him find homes for the survivors, but then tells him he needs his help, or rather, "I need Black Lightning."
Black Lightning is last seen in full costume along with the other heroes Batman and Catwoman recruited, including Aquaman, Batwoman, Black Canary, Captain Atom, Huntress and Green Arrow, the gathered heroes meeting in the Batcave to discuss a possible plan of attack against Superman.
Black Lightning strikes Hawkgirl with a bolt of electricity after she is distracted by Captain Atom's interference preventing her kidnapping a political leader, allowing Huntress to knock her out and for Batman's Insurgency to capture her. His presence is later noted by the Justice League, with the team realizing he has joined Batman against them.
Black Lightning is among the gathered Insurgents when Batman reveals his identity as Bruce Wayne to them and later helps battle against the Superman cultists before Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern arrive.
Black Lightning argues with Batman after learning of Hawkgirl's imprisonment and replacement with Martian Manhunter. Jefferson makes it clear if he had known Batman's plans, he would never have agreed to be a part of them. Many of the gathered Insurgents share his view, though they are all silenced when they learn of Martian Manhunter's death. After Batman explains his plan to infiltrate Superman's Fortress of Solitude to steal one of the completed nanotech pills, Batman receives a text message and informs them "This is it." When Black Lightning questions what it is, Batman explains his 'distraction' (U.S. Warships invading Korean waters) before departing with his strike team for the Fortress.
Black Lightning works the teleporter as Batman, Black Canary and Catwoman return, though he quickly realizes something is wrong from Green Arrow and Captain Atom's absence. After Batman announces his plan to analyze the recovered nanotech pill, he orders his teammates to hide and wait for him to contact them.
Jefferson is among the gathered heroes at Green Arrow's funeral, silently paying his respects before leaving.
By year five Jefferson has become disillusioned with the regime, reasoning that the methods Batman uses make him little better, so he joins the Regime in the effort to rebuild Metropolis. As gratitude for his help, Superman pardons Black Lightning. Batman later visits him again, but Black Lightning is adamant at not rejoining the Insurgency, or at least while Superman is still in charge, and is informed that the Insurgency's plans aren't finished.
After Superman's defeat, Black Lightning rejoins Batman, having become a senator between the time of the comic and after the events of Gods Among Us. Due to the chaos and gaps of power in the various governments in the world with the dissolution of the Regime, Black Lightning, along with other heroes and billionaires, attempt to help repair the damages done by the Regime.
The gathering's discussion is delayed due to Ted Kord's late arrival, but it is soon revealed that he had been kidnapped by Ra's Al Ghul. At the end of the broadcast, Ted and many other billionaires are killed by Killer Croc and Killer Orca; Black Lightning later attends the late Kord's funeral service. During Green Arrow and Black Canary's wedding, the reception is attacked by the Suicide Squad, and Jefferson attempts to escort his daughters and Connor, Dinah's son, away to safety but is knocked out by Captain Boomerang.
Joining the other heroes to South America, Black Lightning is able to rescue his children, but a miscommunication with Blue Beetle leads to him inadvertedly destroying the sanctuary of endangered animals. Whatsmore, Aqualad betrays Batman and proceeds to kill all the other senators, living former presidents and the president elect, leaving only Jefferson as the sole remaining senator. Because of this, Jefferson is then pushed to take the seat of president.
Powers and Abilities
Black Lightning's primary power is electricity generation, allowing him to fire streams of lightning and generate personal force fields of electrical energy. Jefferson also has some martial arts training, making him proficient in hand-to-hand combat.
Black Lightning wears a more armored version of his standard costume to keep in the design of other characters in Injustice, including a blue armored top with large yellow shoulder pads, his lightning insignia on his chest along with two yellow lines on the side, yellow gloves, a yellow zig-zagging belt reminiscent of a lightning bolt, black pants and yellow boots. He wears a simple blue domino mask to hide his identity.
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