Finally, Black Lightning has an official teaser. After the first promo still was released, featuring Cress Williams as the titular character, we now have another look at the latest superhero to join The CW.
This project has been in development for a while, but it wasn’t until 2016 that it finally took shape with Warner Bros. Television selling the concept to several networks, before The CW picked it up, adding this hero to the growing number of DC Superheroes under its belt. The difference with Black Lightning, however, is that it will not be considered to be part of the Arrowverse which includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – though the team behind the show are leaving the door open for possible crossover opportunities in the future.
There’s over a month before The CW debuts their new superhero, we now have our first look at Williams in character as the skilled hero, who has the ability to harness and control electricity. The six-second clip was shown during the first part of the four-show Arrowverse crossover, and in the teaser we hear Jefferson Pierce (Williams) saying: “People out there need me. Black Lightning in back.”
This comes as we see the titular character in the pouring rain, clenching his fist, as his eyes glow – and while it’s difficult to gauge where this fits in the show’s narrative, if these shots are together, it could be the key moment where Pierce decides to come out of retirement.
Black Lightning will take a different narrative path than other superhero stories, as rather than focusing on when and where he got his powers and how he learned to control them, this series will be a more non-linear approach. The audience will meet Pierce as he lives a normal life as a high school principle, nine years after he gave up the Black Lightning mantle. He is then forced to suit up again when crime rates begin to increase in his community.
Williams will be joined in Black Lightning by supporting characters such like Jill Scott as villain Lady Eve; Marvin Jones III as crime boss Tobias Whale; Jame Remar as Peter Gambi, mentor to Jefferson; Daniel Gupton as Inspector Henderson, and Chantal Thuy as Grace Choi.
Black Lighting will air on January 16th 2018.