– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For months now, we’ve been reporting on the upcoming Greg Berlanti show, Black Lightning. Early today, we discussed the fact that despite its common DC origins, it would not be joining the likes of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl in their shared universe…at least not for now. Their first priority, it seems, was to allow the series to be its own thing.

Now, The CW has released the first look trailer for Black Lightning, and all of a sudden, it’s very clear why they wanted it to stand alone. Sure, you can poke fun at the very CW production value that the show has, but the tone and style resembles something closer to Daredevil and Luke Cage than even Arrow.

What’s more, rather than follow your typical good-looking CW twenty-something, the main character is a middle-aged man who’s been through wringer in his day. In the story, Cress Williams portrays father Jefferson Pierce, who had given up on fighting crime in favor of focusing on his family. However, when gang violence escalates, he has no choice but to don his tights once again. Of course, on one hand, we also have his daughter, who very much fits the standard CW look and age, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they really skewed the story towards her (and from the trailer, it looks like that may very well happen).

All the same, Black Lightning looks like a refreshingly dark and primal take for The CW. It’s almost the kind of show I wanted Arrow to be more of before it spun off into its Arrowverse.

The official synopsis for Black Lightning is below:

“Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. 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, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.”

What did you think of this new trailer? Let us know in the comments down below!

Black Lightning will hit the CW soon.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.