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2013 Schedule

February 2, 2013
"Lightning Under The Weather"
10:30 AM

January 5, 2013
"Clothes Makes The Hero"
10:30 AM

Thunder and Lightning News

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Thunder and Lightning News

  • May 7, 2012: Blair Underwood, Cree Summer, Masasa Moyo and Jeff Bennett provided voices for the short. Lynell Forestall Tweet
  • August 28, 2012: Thunder & Lightning and Amethyst shorts will be premiering in second season during the fall. Both have current ADR issues. Lynell Forestall Tweet
  • August 29, 2012: "ADR Issues" for Thunder & Lightning are almost resolved. Will air at start of season two. Lynell Forestall Tweet
  • January 2, 2013: One Clip and six images Thunder and Lightning "Clothes Make the Hero" released. WF Article
  • January 5, 2013: Jon Polito was the original choice for Peter Gambi in the Black Lightning short but was ultimately voiced by Jeff Bennett. Lynell Forestall Twitter
  • January 12, 2013: Lauren Montgomery storyboarded the Thunder and Lightning "Clothes Makes the Hero" short. Lynell Forestall Tweet
  • January 30, 2013: Clip and two images for Thunder and Lightning "Lightning Under The Weather" short. WF Article
  • February 21, 2013: Ben Jones confirms Tar Pit appeared in Thunder and Lightning "Lightning Under The Weather" but the villain in the mech suit was made up and a nameless, "generically evil mad scientist." Ben Jones Blog
  • March 2, 2013: Lynell Forestall reveals there was a scene cut for time in Thunder and Lightning's "Clothes Makes the Hero" where Black Lightning appeared in his 1970s Black Vulcan costume and was teased by his daughters. Giancarlo Volpe
  • February 16, 2015: Lynell Forestall reveals he modeled Jennifer Pierce after his daughter Bailey. Forestall drew from personal experience. He worked on the pitch while working on The Dark Knight Returns on the DC Universe line. He chose Black Lightning from a list of about 40 characters to choose from for DC Nation. After speaking with LeSean Thomas, Forestall settled on the idea of a fake 1970s exploitation trailer like Shaft, Black Bill Jones, Superfly with a big afro, platform shoes, and puffy sleeves, to explain Black Lightning. A week after the pitch, Ben Jones informed Forestall it was greenlit but Sam Register wanted the modern version with his two daughters instead. The story changed to Black Lightning taking his daughters to his old neighborhood to show he was cool but they end up teasing him and his old costumes, from the classic to Black Vulcan and so on until he showed off the modern day costume and it ended. Register suggesting giving the daughters costumes, too. Forestall rewrote the script some more with Dr. Polaris showing up, Black Lightning goes off to fight him, and Peter Gambi gives them costumes. If the shorts went to series, there would have been allusions to the oldest daughter Anissa being gay. If there was a third short, their mother would have appeared. She would have no powers and still married to Black Lightning as opposed to being divorced in the comics. Forestall would have went with the idea she went back to work while he would be stay at home dad to watch over their daughters and their powers. The Big Pull Episode 60; 9:25-14:32, 1:13:29-46, 1:18:36-19:12