First 'Black Lightning’ Trailer Takes an Old Hero Out of Retirement

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 7:51PM
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Black Lightning
Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 7:51PM
First 'Black Lightning’ Trailer Takes an Old Hero Out of Retirement
The CW

Black Lightning is coming to The CW, and if this first look is any indication, it's going to strike hot.

The character originated in DC Comics as one of the first black superheroes - man gifted with the power of electricity, Jefferson Pierce strives to keep his town safe from lurking dangers. The trailer showcases that family friendly vibe, focusing mostly on Pierce as well as his daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain). Although it looks like the special effects leave a bit to be desired, there's still some time to clean that up, and the writing and combat choreography appear to hit the mark. 

Check out the whole trailer below:




The series is written by duo Salim and Mary Brock Akil, best known for The Game, Being Mary Jane, and Sparkle. Greg Berlanti is producing, and he's mostly known for producing nearly all the other CW superhero shows: ArrowThe Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and SupergirlBut don't expect to see Black Lightning team up with the other superheroes anytime soon. CW chief Mark Pedowitz shut down hopes for crossovers, telling EW:

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"We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation."
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This is partly due to the fact that Black Lightning shoots in Atlanta, while the other four shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl) shoot in Vancouver. Logistically, it would be more difficult to merge the shows, but not impossible.

As the trailer does a good job of explaining, the story is this: Black Lightning (Cress Williams) kept the streets safe for years, but retired in 2005 after a particularly bloody fight to make sure he could be there for his children. Since his retirement from crimefighting to go become a school principal, a gang known as The 100 has taken over town and threatened his daughter. Pierce finds himself making the call to don the suit once again for the same reason he took it off: to be there for his kids.

Black Lightning will premiere midseason, ensuring the CW always has a superhero to broadcast.

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