'Black Lightning' strikes on The CW

'Black Lightning' strikes on The CW

With that said, Black Lightning and his family are ready to take back their block, and the cast couldn't be more excited. "So our mission from our company [Akil Productions] was led by the idea, it's time to put a black man at the center, put him at the table".

Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams and James Remar of the television show "Black Lightning" speaks on stage during the CW portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 7, 2018 in Pasadena, California. But if they were to try to pull it off, Akil laughed and said, "We gonna bring Supergirl down to the ghetto!" There was also an outdoors pop-up shop selling DC in D.C. merchandise, as well as the Top 50 best-selling DC graphic novels and a reprint of Black Lightning: Year One.

"Black Lightning" enters a crowded superhero TV field, but it jumps in strong and proves that it belongs. And really, Black Lightning is such a worthy hero to be considered for television consideration.

A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers in the series premiere.
He originally had no powers, with his abilities being given to him through a special belt he wore. He can even use his powers to heal himself or others.

For a while, though, Pierce didn't want to be a superhero.

And all of this is before we get to see Anissa, the queer radical activist, come fully into her own as the super-heroine Thunder.


But lately, an out-of-control gang has gained sufficient strength to threaten the community in which Black Lightning - real name Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal - enjoys a middle-class lifestyle. On the outside, gangs like The 100 were wreaking havoc on the Southside, as were politicians like Tobias Whale (an albino who ends up becoming Black Lightning's arch nemesis). For that reason let's take a moment to take a look at Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning. Are you hyped for the premiere of Black Lightning? He, along with Katana, Metamorpho, Halo, Geo-Force, and Looker, eventually landed in a new Batman formed team known as the Outsiders. Here, though, the name feels inspirational: he is a hero for this neighborhood in this city, at this hard time to be black in America.

As per usual with the offspring of superheroes, Black Lightning's daughters developed powers of their own. Naturally, the cast is bubbling over with excitement, ebullient to the last as they work to bring Jefferson's family from page to screen. For example as a member of the Outsiders in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Her younger sister, Jennifer, also had abilities and was instructed to not start crime-fighting until she finished school as well.

Jennifer is also something of a rebel, which bothers her father a lot. Netflix and The CW have not confirmed the Black Lightning release date, but we do know the series will be added to Netflix this spring.

Based on the DC comic and premiering tonight on the CW, Black Lightning is slick, smart, and infused with a social conscience that feels especially spot-on in light of the heightened debate in America about what constitutes racism and how to properly protest racially motivated police brutality.

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