The CW has released the first trailer for their newest DC Superhero show, Black Lightening, which will be making its debut in the midseason. Expect to see a here who is struggling with coming out of retirement, a focus on family and plenty of awesome lightening effects. The show does look goond, and the only negative I see is that, at the moment, the show will not be part of the Arroverse. Which is a darn shame as the fans, including myself, look forward to seeing these heroes eventually crossover to eatch others shows. I’m expecting that if the show does well they will find a way to work him in as they did with Supergirl, but like Supergirl, I think it is a missed opportunity to not have a DC character in the same universe as the other shows, but we will see. Either way, the show looks like it could be another superhero hit for the CW.
Check out the official synopsis for the show below.
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community.
Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered.
Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.