The CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ Trailer Showcases A Family of Superheroes
Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams). He is the principal of Garfield High School and secretly former vigilante and superhero Black Lightning. After being hurt a few too many times, his wife pleaded for him to put her and their two daughters before his crimefighting. So he hung up his tights. But now that a gang is amassing power and terrorizing the city, he is taking to the streets again to keep the people safe.
But his children, now teenagers, have also inherited abilities. It won’t be long before they take action as well. Older sister Anisa Pierce (played by Nafessa Williams) is in medical school but also teaches part-time at her father’s school. Younger sister Jennifer Pierce (played by China Ann-McClain) is a fiercely independent scholar-athlete.
Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane) will write and executive produce the DC Comics series. But in an odd twist, it will not share a comic book universe with shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
That’s not where the differences between the comic book series end. Whereas the other shows are centered mostly around a team dynamic, Black Lighting will have a family of superheroes. The trailer below shows that this series will have much deeper themes than the usual comic book show. There are family dynamics, gang shootouts, and wrestling with responsibility for your community. The CW is moving the superhero genre forward and taking a chance that viewers will follow them.
Black Lightning makes a compelling case, with its great cast and unique premise. If the show delivers on what the trailer presents, The CW might be setting a new standard for the genre.
Watch the trailer for Black Lightning below:
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