The CW’s Black Lightning Sets The Stakes In New Trailer

Jefferson Piece (aka Black Lightning) is one of DC Comics’ elder statesman, a frequent Justice League member who’s variously popped-up in animated shows and films, and even a few video games over the years, but never his own live-action series… until now. The CW’s master of superhero content, Greg Berlanti, has revised and updated the character from his 1970s origins as a retired street-level crimefighter and family man. Black Lightning is coming to The CW, and it looks like a helluva lot of fun.

In fact, family seems to be the major focus of this new show, which hopefully sets it apart from Berlanti’s other DC shows: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. While the concept of family is certainly an element in these other shows, here it’s core to the entire series’ premise. Pierce hung up his suit to raise a family until his daughter discovered her own powers and decided to take on a powerful local street gang terrorizing her school and neighborhood.

Related – Black Lightning Gets A Shocking New Poster

Similar to the other DC shows appearing on The CW, Black Lightning strives for realism and grittiness, as much as feasible when the lead character channels bolts of electricity through his hands. The new trailer, which we’ve conveniently embedded above, expresses the setting, major players, and the stakes. The show looks semi-serious, slightly absurd, but mostly fun as is typical of a Berlanti production. However, I’m a bit on the fence regarding the multicolored design elements in his costume, which resembles a 1970s mood ring (hoping that some visual effects are added to this, because it kinda looks wonky).

Interestingly, the show is expressed from the perspective of the African-American community. The trailer appears to engage in themes common to other urban dramas like police profiling, drugs, and parental responsibility — the difference here is that the streets are fighting back via superpowers. This looks like a solid entry into the DC TV canon, and we’re under two weeks from its debut on The CW.

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