The CW will be running five DC TV show next season as Black Lightning was officially picked up to series by the network last week, starring Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce. The network has now released the first official trailer for the series which you can watch below.
From executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter, Black Lightning joins CW’s big DC TV line-up with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, which are all produced by Berlanti and Schechter. Black Lightning marks as the network’s seventh comic book property, with the four other DC shows, along with Archie Comics’ Riverdale and Vertigo’s iZombie.
“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. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.”
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil & Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams (Code Black) as Jennifer Pierce, China Anne McClain (House of Payne) as Anissa Pierce and Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Lynn Pierce, will premiere mid-season on The CW.
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