We’re a little over one month away from the much-anticipated premiere of The CW’s new superhero drama Black Lightning, and the CW is ramping up hype with the reveal of the official key-art for the upcoming series.
Based on the characters from D.C. Comics, created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, adapted for TV by Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends). The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Piece, 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 neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine year 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 Superhero 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.
TV Source Magazine screened the first two episodes and fans are in store for two amazing hours of television.
Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM on The CW.