A welcome jolt to The CW’s DC Comics universe, Black Lightning is bolder with real-world plots and scary new villains. Stepping out from TV’s comfort zone, the show tackles issues that affect black America today like police and gang violence.
Premiering last January 16, we were introduced to Jefferson Pierce who is a retired superhero. From protecting the streets to working as a school principal, Jefferson lives a peaceful life with his two daughters up until a gang threatens his daughters, which led him to jumpstart back to his badass superhero persona, Black Lightning.
With such bomb ratings from its first episode and a 100% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes, Black Lightning truly is a must watch. Aside from being The CW’s first superhero series led by an all-black cast there’s a couple of other things you need to know before you #GetLit with what could be 2018’s most exciting TV evolution.
Black Lightning was DC Comics’ first black superhero series
April of 1977 was when the first ever Black Lightning comic series was released. There are other black superheroes before him though: Marvel introduced Black Panther 11 years earlier, Luke Cage five years earlier, and John Stewart as Green Lantern six years earlier.
Black Lightning is not part of the Arrowverse
Sadly, Black Lightning is its own independent universe (for now). We won’t be seeing crossovers in the horizon for this one. CW President Mark Pedowitz said in an interview, “We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation.”
Black Lightning would not follow the villain of the week format
Unlike the other The CW superhero shows, Black Lightning will be focusing on exploring the characters even the villains more rather than having a new villain to fight every episode. For this season Black Lightning will be battling with gangs like The 100 and his soon to be arch nemesis, politician Tobias Whale.
The daughters have superpowers
We got us a powerful black family! Black Lightning is not the only superhero in the Pierce household, so is his independent, outspoken and fierce daughters, Jennifer and Anissa as Lightning and Thunder. Way to go for girl power! We can’t wait to see more on how their powers develop.
Thunder is the first black lesbian superhero in modern history
This show just keeps on trailblazing! Just like in the comics Thunder gets a love interest with the half-Amazonian, Asian-American bisexual Grace Choi played by Chantal Thuy. It’s something the LGBT community should be proud of.