No doubt that The CW owns the small screen when it comes to superhero TV, and their offerings are growing again this fall with the addition of DC’s Black Lightning.
Black Lightning has been around since 1977, when Jefferson Pierce, (Black Lightning’s secret identity…shhhhh) became one of the first major African-American superheroes. He was originally created by Tony Isabella, and drawn by Trevor Von Eeden. Sadly, Black Lightning had a shaky start, being cancelled in 1978. He did some guest appearances, and the series reappeared in 1995, but again, it only lasted a short time.
The CW series is being written by the Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who will also executive produce the show, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. There was originally some interest by FOX TV, but they passed and series was picked up to join the already extensive menu of DC shows on The CW channel.
This series tells the story of Jefferson Pierce, played by Cress Williams, who has retired from superheroing and is now the principal of a high school. His two teenage daughters are having some troubles, and his city is under seige by the 100 gang, and those things convince him to get back into the super game. His two daughters also have some super powers and, like in the comics, they pick up the names Thunder and Lightning and grow into their own super gig. In addition to Williams, the show stars China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, and Damon Gupton. Here’s the official trailer released in May.
A few tidbits on the show, Salim Akil, one of the writers and the director of the first episode says in the interview below that this show takes place in Freeland, and WILL NOT cross over with the other DC properties on The CW. (I heard sad trombone in my head even as I typed that). I get the impression that Black Lighting is going to be more of the neighborhood superhero, like The Defenders, keeping his little area safe, while leaving the big bads and the aliens to Supergirl and Flash. Seems like one of the biggest themes in this show is family, and there is nothing wrong with that.
This video is a nice interview by SYFYWire, as they caught up with the creators and stars of the show at San Diego Comic Con.
If you know me, you know I am always game for a new superhero show. Not sure when I will find time to watch it, but I will.
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