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Black Lightning strikes in the first trailer for CW's newest superhero show

05.18.2017

There's a storm coming, as it's been announced that BLACK LIGHTNING is set to debut as a part of The CW's midseason slate. As we'd already learned a ways back, the character will not be a participant as a member of the CW's Arrowverse, but will instead act as a stand-alone series with the intent of establishing its own fanbase and world-building potential. 

Today, we've got a groovy debut trailer for BLACK LIGHTNING that has the show looking like its packed with high energy and heart. You can check it out by watching the video posted below:

If talk of BLACK LIGHTNING has escaped your superhero radar over these past few months, here's a refresher as to what you can expect when the show premieres next year:

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning.

However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. 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, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

I've seen some lukewarm reactions to BLACK LIGHTNING over the past few months, but I can tell you with absolute confidence that I'll be checking this show out. In addition to applauding the CW's efforts to include a hero of color in a lead role, I'm digging the overall tone of the trailer as well as the soundtrack that, for me, drives the action and narrative forward in a compelling manner. With any luck, lightning will strike the ratings for this program and we'll get the chance to see BLACK LIGHTNING take the CW by storm.

Extra Tidbit: Black Lightning has two daughters who eventually become known as Thunder & Lightning.
Source: The CW

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11:57PM on 05/19/2017
Looks ok, but I don't get why they don't want to connect this to the "Arrowverse". DC has a great opportunity to have a great connected universe on TV; bet real money he'll show up in the crossover event this year, especially if the ratings aren't great for the first batch of episodes.
Looks ok, but I don't get why they don't want to connect this to the "Arrowverse". DC has a great opportunity to have a great connected universe on TV; bet real money he'll show up in the crossover event this year, especially if the ratings aren't great for the first batch of episodes.
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8:45AM on 05/19/2017

I like the tone and vibe

I don't know anything about the original character but I like what they've done here. I'll have to check this out at some point.
I don't know anything about the original character but I like what they've done here. I'll have to check this out at some point.
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7:33AM on 05/19/2017

Actually

This looks pretty good and totally unexpected. Maybe I'll check this out.
This looks pretty good and totally unexpected. Maybe I'll check this out.
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3:33AM on 05/19/2017
Looks pretty great. Would be cool to see Static show up.
Looks pretty great. Would be cool to see Static show up.
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9:54PM on 05/18/2017

I had absolutely zero interest....

After watching the trailer this might be the show I'm most looking forward to seeing. What a great setup! I liked everyone they introduced and it felt both grounded and appropriately superhero-cool. Really nice job.
After watching the trailer this might be the show I'm most looking forward to seeing. What a great setup! I liked everyone they introduced and it felt both grounded and appropriately superhero-cool. Really nice job.
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9:48PM on 05/18/2017
That was damn impressive actually. I loved it and was better than I expected. That being said I HATE the fact they aren't making this part of the Arrowverse. They said the same thing about Supergirl and caved so I hope they cave here too. He'd make a great part of a crossover event. Though it can be self contained and just on a different earth not aware of others yet.
That was damn impressive actually. I loved it and was better than I expected. That being said I HATE the fact they aren't making this part of the Arrowverse. They said the same thing about Supergirl and caved so I hope they cave here too. He'd make a great part of a crossover event. Though it can be self contained and just on a different earth not aware of others yet.
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11:06AM on 05/19/2017
It hasn't been confirmed that is NOT part of the Arrowverse. New Orleans is a long way from Star City, Central City or Detroit.
It hasn't been confirmed that is NOT part of the Arrowverse. New Orleans is a long way from Star City, Central City or Detroit.
9:45PM on 05/18/2017
Looks very good.
Liking the costume, loving the electric accent on the punches.
Looks very good.
Liking the costume, loving the electric accent on the punches.
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5:57PM on 05/18/2017
Don't know the character and didn't think I would like it but that trailer has really got me interested. Love the atmosphere, the humour and the heart. Plus the costume is pretty sweet to. (Just wish the hashtag line was cut!)
Don't know the character and didn't think I would like it but that trailer has really got me interested. Love the atmosphere, the humour and the heart. Plus the costume is pretty sweet to. (Just wish the hashtag line was cut!)
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3:16PM on 05/18/2017
Looks awesome. Seems like they nailed the perfect cast and feel.
Looks awesome. Seems like they nailed the perfect cast and feel.
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2:51PM on 05/18/2017
Well I am a shocked (pun intended). it looks pretty damn good! This is a great character to use because the fan base is limited you are less likely to get the comic geeks (myself included) pissed off for messing with the character etc.
I am liking that its an older guy with kids and all that. it looks like a good companion to the other shows.
Well I am a shocked (pun intended). it looks pretty damn good! This is a great character to use because the fan base is limited you are less likely to get the comic geeks (myself included) pissed off for messing with the character etc.
I am liking that its an older guy with kids and all that. it looks like a good companion to the other shows.
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1:54PM on 05/18/2017

Looks to be Similar in Tone to the Rest of the CW DC Shows

I am not familiar with this character. At first, I thought they had re-purposed Static Shock but am glad that Black Lightning is an established character. I am going to check it out.
I am not familiar with this character. At first, I thought they had re-purposed Static Shock but am glad that Black Lightning is an established character. I am going to check it out.
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