First Look: CW’s ‘Black Lightning’

The CW picked up the pilot for Black Lightning after rumors surfaced  that Fox passed on Black Lightning TV series which they initially green lit. Now we have our first look at Black Lightning (Cress Williams) himself.The series is created by super-producer Greg Berlanti  as well as husband and wife duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.

via Warner Bros.
via Warner Bros.


This new costume is designed by Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Iron Man costume designer Laura Jean Shannon.

The synopsis for the potential series reads:

Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.

The series joins The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. All four of which have done well, with Supergirl in particular, which itself moved from CBS last year, it has been improved by its inclusion into this world. The CW recently has doubled-down on Tuesday nights to pair The Flash and Legends back to back, with Black Lightning joining the ranks on The CW would be airing 5 superhero shows on one network, potentially one for each weeknight.


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For those who are unfamiliar with Black Lightning here’s a rundown:

Black Lightning is a metahuman who can control electro-magnetic fields around his body, and can use it to incapacitate foes or even kill if necessary. He can also use it to launch projectiles, and propel himself giving him limited flight abilities. In the comics, he has helped re-start Superman’s heart, and has trained with Batman to hone his combat skills under.

Pierce has two daughters who are both superhero vigilantes in their right, Anissa a.k.a. Thunder, a member of the Outsiders, and Jennifer a.k.a. Lightning, recruited by the Justice Society of America that appear to be apart of the show as it unfolds.

Let’s hope that the show will be introduced properly into the already existing Arrow-verse successfully. There is some diversity in the Berlanti DC TV with the likes of Vixen, Martian Man-hunter, Mr. Terrific, Spartan, Mad Dog, Vibe, Kid Flash and Guardian, which are all secondary characters. This would be the first diverse lead driven superhero show on network television. I hope it can work out on The CW, but it already seems over saturated. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section.

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