Here’s Our First Look at CW’s Black Lightning in Action
During CW’s upfronts on Thursday, the network dropped its first trailer for the newest DC Comics superhero television series, Black Lightning. Black Lightning, who will be played by Cress Williams, is one of DC’s first black superheroes. As the name also suggests, his powers are based in harnessing electricity. Check out the trailer below.
CW’s Black Lightning revolves around Jefferson Pierce (Williams) who fought against a violent street gang taking over his neighborhood. One near fatal encounter put Black Lightning into retirement where he spent the next nine years as a family man and high school principle. Of course, superheroes don’t usually stay retired for long…
Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. 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, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.
To add to the drama, Pierce’s two daughters are beginning to manifest their own powers. I see a strong potential for some real crime-fighting family action.
Don’t start jumping off the walls for a possible crossover with the other Berlanti-verse shows just yet, though. CW chief Mark Pedowitz confirmed that Black Lighting will not be joining the Earth-1, a.k.a. the “Arrowverse,” lineup. The show films in Atlanta while all of the other productions are in Vancouver. Logistically, doing a crossover would be difficult.
“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” Pedowitz explained. “Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation.”
While any sort of crossover is in the cards at the moment, don’t forget that Supergirl had once filmed in Los Angeles during its first season, and it managed a fun little cameo appearance from the space-time hopping Flash himself. Furthermore, Supergirl still technically isn’t part of the Arrowverse. So a crossover sometime in the future wouldn’t be completely unheard of. Just don’t expect him to show up to every winter special.
Black Lightning will debut midseason on the CW.
Source: The Verge