TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - December 5, 2017
Are you sick and tired of every superhero on the CW being a pasty white guy or girl? Well then have we got the show for you! Black Lightning joins Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow as the fifth DC Comics series on the CW this January, and when Black Panther opens a month later, you can get ready for your racist uncle's Facebook posts about how all superheroes are black guys now.
Prison Break star Cress Williams steps into the title role, the superhero alter-ego of Jefferson Pierce, a man who can harness and weaponize electricity. The series is taking a bit of a "Dark Knight Returns" route as Pierce will have been retired as a superhero for nearly a decade, seeking to impact his neighborhood without the aid of his superpowers, but of course a new threat calls him back into action.
It's difficult to expect much from a CW series in this day and age, but something tells me that this has the potential to rise above the average superhero fare, particularly considering its dealing with an aged hero. That's something that worked like gangbusters for Logan, so let's hope this is more in line with that film than the rest of the CW's lineup. Wishful thinking, maybe, but who knows? If nothing else, it'll give that racist uncle of yours something to get in a rage about. Black Lightning premieres on The CW on January 16 after The Flash.