– by Seth McDonald

Adding to their already extensive slate of shows driven by DC characters, the CW Network will premiere Black Lightning in January of 2016.

A very short promo for the upcoming series has been released, and while it doesn’t show us much, it does give us a nice preview of what’s to come.

The series will mark the first superhero series led by an African-American on the network. The show will star actor Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) in the title role. He will be joined by actresses China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams.

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Beginning with Smallville that ran for 10 seasons back when the CW was the WB, the network has had a working relationship with DC since the turn of the century.

In 2012 the network began airing the series Arrow, based off the DC character Green Arrow. The show spawned a small screen shared universe with the additions of The Flash TV show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl which came over after its first season from the CW’s sister network, CBS.

Black Lightning’s abilities include electric manipulation, generation, and transportation. He is also at peak physical shape and an expert in martial arts.

Black Lightning debuts on the CW Network January 16.

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Source: The CW Television Network.