We only have to a couple of months to watch the debut of the next CW/DC Comics live action show, as Black Lightning is set to debut on January 16, 2018.
As BLACK LIGHTNING begins, 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 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, Pierces 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.
Black Lightning debuted at DC Comics in April, 1972. Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. Jefferson Pierce is the first African-American superhero to appear in DC Comics. Black Lightning isn’t the first African-American hero in comics as Black Panther debuted in 1966 and The Falcon appeared in 1969. But Marvel isn’t even the first, as Lobo, an African-American western hero, debuted in Dell Comics in 1965.
You better believe we will be watching Black Lightning when it debuts on January 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET/PT right after a new episode of The Flash.