There’s a new superhero coming to The CW next year. And it isn’t his first time around as a superhero.
Black Lightning is the newest superhero show helmed from mega producer Greg Berlanti, which tells the story of a retired superhero thrust back into the superhero life when crime and corruption threaten to overtake his hometown streets — the streets that his daughters have to walk on.
While Black Lightning might be a Berlanti superhero series, it won’t be a part of the Arrowverse, which includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, it was confirmed. Black Lightning films in Atlanta while the other shows film in Vancouver, which would make potential crossovers problematic.
The CW has released an extended synopsis for Black Lightning, which will make its debut midseason.
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.
In case you haven’t glimpsed the thrilling first trailer for Black Lightning, watch it below and prepare for this retired hero’s rebirth:
Black Lightning premieres midseason on The CW.