DC Superheroines Thunder and Lightning are the focus of a new series of short animated episodes airing on DC Nation’s Saturday animated shorts.
The short mini-episodes center around classic DC superhero Black Lightning and his two daughters Thunder and Lightning. Highlighting the daily details of family living, like sick days and sibling rivalry, the series is more like a family sitcom than a typical superhero action series. So far, only two shorts have aired, but we’re hoping for more! And maybe, with enough of a following, it could even get turned into a full-on series… It’s about time we got a Black family superhero sitcom on TV!
The shorts air on Cartoon Network, during DC Nation’s block at 10/9c.
Peep the latest short below, and try not to love it:
Thunder (aka Anissa Pierce) is the superpowered daughters of DC superhero Black Lightning. After striking a bargain with her father that she would wait until she graduated college to get into the family business, Anissa donned a costume, took the name Thunder, and started her journey into superheroics on the very day of her college graduation. With the power to control her own density, Thunder can make herself invulnerable, and she can create powerful shock waves by stomping on the ground. Soon she was recruited by Nightwing’s superhero team The Outsiders, where she met Grace Choi.
Grace Choi grew up incredibly differently than Thunder. Of Amazonian decent, Choi was abandoned as a child and grew up alone in the world. As a young girl she was exploited and abused in a child prostitution ring until she escaped and found work in the metahuman community. Her Amazonian blood endowing her with superstrength and invulnerability, she often worked as a bouncer.
She was working as a bouncer at a metahuman nightclub when she was recruited to The Outsiders, a gig she decided to take because it paid better. Years later she encountered the man who had held her prisoner. She freed the children he had taken prisoner for his new prostitution ring and beat him to within an inch of his life deciding at the last minute not to kill him.
At first Grace and Thunder bucked heads on the team, constantly fighting. However, they eventually put their differences aside and find that they share a different sentiment for each other altogether. They soon began dating, and eventually moved in together. When Batman kicked Thunder off The Outsiders team, Grace threatened to leave the team and continued to invite Thunder along on the team’s missions without Batman‘s permission, continually trying to convince him that she belonged on the team. When Thunder’s father was in trouble and the Justice Society of America was trying to arrest him, Grace helped him to fight them, calling him her “in-law”.
The couple is still going strong today. Though Grace Choiis not currently appearing in any series, she is occasionally referenced in the new animated series DC Nation, in which Thunder appears along with her father Black Lightning and her sister Lightning (aka Jennifer Pierce).
THUNDER (aka Anissa Pierce) and LIGHTNING (aka Jennifer Pierce) are the superpowered daughters of DC superhero BLACK LIGHTNING.
After striking her bargain to wait until she graduated college, the eldest daughter Anissa donned costume and became Thunder the very day of her college graduation and was soon recruited by Red Arrow’s superhero team The Outsiders. She bucked heads often with fellow Outsider Grace, whom she eventually began dating. She has the power to control her own density and can do so to make herself invulnerable, and she can create powerful shock waves by stomping on the ground. She was recently kicked off The Outsiders team when Batman reorganized, but has helped the team out (without Batman’s permission) by collaborating her girlfriend Grace who is still on the team. She first appeared in 2003 in Outsiders vol.3 #1.
Jennifer Pierce was thought not to have any powers, until her powers manifested as a teenager. She gained the power to absorb electrical energy and project it in powerful blasts, and she can also use this energy to fly at the speed of light. But initially she had difficulty controlling her power and felt like a freakshow, so her father contacted the Justice Society of America who welcomed her, and though still in her teens, her father allowed Jennifer, who was more reluctant, to become Lightning. Created by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, she first appeared in Justice Society of America v.3 #12 in 2008. There is some tension between the two sisters, and they even fought each other when their father was a fugitive and Lightning as part of the JSA was charged with arresting him. Thunder took her father’s side and fought against her sister.