The CW, the network behind Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, has a new DC hero on the way.
Make way for Black Lightning, aka Jefferson Pierce, a superhero with the power to harness and control electricity. The new television series tells of how Pierce, played by Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie), chose to leave his superhero life behind after seeing the effects his alter ego was inflicting on his family. He became a high school principal, determined to make a difference in his community through the school. Alas, crime doesn’t sleep, and local gang The One Hundred has gotten out of control. Black Lighting must strike again.
This looks like a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of The CW’s Arrowverse, this one has a good chance of becoming yet another show to add to your watch list. Just don’t expect to see Black Lightning in crossovers with Arrow or The Flash anytime soon. “We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” CW chief Mark Pedowitz has revealed. “Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation.”
And if you’re worried about having to juggle five CW superhero shows at the same time, you’re in luck. According to Pedowitz: “Our belief is that we will never have more than four DC shows [on] at a time, as far as that goes, so we’ll always have a rotation of some sort.”
Black Lightning, also starring Nefassa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams, will kick off later in the year.
Synopsis for Black Lightning:
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.