'Black Lightning' star Cress Williams to play the role of Steel in DC's 'Reign of the Supermen'

Williams' return to the Superman universe will see him play Steel, who wants to claim the title of Man of Steel for himself.


                            'Black Lightning' star Cress Williams to play the role of Steel in DC's 'Reign of the Supermen'

'Black Lightning's Cress Williams is set to join the star-studded cast of the upcoming DC movie, 'Reign of the Supermen'. This will certainly not be Williams' first appearance in a DC movie, specifically one featuring Superman. The actor, who is now starring as the Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce in the CW's comic-book show of the same name, had previously played the role of the vengeful magician Baron Sunday in the third season of the 1996 TNT drama, 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman'. 

Now he is making his way back to DC with his role as Steel in the upcoming Sam Liu-produced-movie, 'Reign of the Supermen'. As a sequel to 'The Death of Superman', the movie picks up from the aftermath of the death of the world's strongest man. In a world without Superman, are several who want to claim the title for themselves. However, the subsequent disappearance of Superman's body leaves the title vulnerable and also open to the hopeful probability of the Man of Steel being alive. Things get complicated when four super-powered men swoop down, claiming themselves to be heirs to Superman. 

Following the traces of 'The Death of Superman', 'Reign of the Supermen' finds the world without its hero. (IMDb)
Following the traces of 'The Death of Superman', 'Reign of the Supermen' finds the world without its hero. (IMDb)

In the end, only one of them will be able to claim the title. With Steel (to be played by Williams), Cyborg (to be played by Shemar Moore), Superboy (to be played by Cameron Monaghan), and the Eradicator (to be played by Charles Halford), the Justice League finds itself in a fix as they, too, try to solve the case of Superman's missing body. 'Reign of the Supermen' serves as the second half of the two-part DC Universe Movies experience. Along with its predecessor, 'The Death of Superman', the movie is set to tell a more fitting and suitable version of the 1992-93 epic comic phenomenon. It will probably fill up the gaps that were left by 'Superman Doomsday'. 

Cress Williams will star as Steel in the movie. (IMDb)
Cress Williams will star as Steel in the movie. (IMDb)

Along with Williams, the movie has newly cast Patrick Fabian as Hank Henshaw and Tony Todd as Darkseid. The additional cast includes Rocky Carroll as Perry White, Toks Olahundoye as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall as Dabney Donovan and Erica Luttrell as Mercy. Written by Jim Krieg ('Batman: Gotham by Gaslight') and Tim Sheridan ('Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost'), the movie is being produced and directed by Sam Liu, along with Amy McKenna and Alan Burnett. Sam Register and James Tucker serve as executive producers. 

Watch the trailer below: