'Black Lightning': 5 Things To Know About The CW's New Superhero Show

Review: 'Black Lightning' creates electrifying platform for race and the real world

The latest addition to The CW's superhero line-up, Black Lighting is immediately distinctive from Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow - and not just because Black Lightning's title character is African-American, although that's crucial. Lightning is distinguished by its instantly distinctive blend of social realism and sense of humor - it is simultaneously the most relevant and the funniest of The CW/DC Comics shows.

"It was immediately a character I knew I could do something with", Akil said. Joining him will be his eldest daughter Anissa (Nafessa Williams), who will suit up as Thunder. He is also the first black superhero created by DC Comics!

A standout scene in the pilot shows Pierce being pulled over by policemen in the rain, with his daughters in the auto, brutally yanked from his vehicle and cuffed, guns pointed in the face of his children because there had been a robbery nearby and the only descriptor had been "black man". Comment below, let us know! As a 6-foot-4-inch, physically fit thespian, he's auditioned for superhero roles that eventually went to other actors. It's comic book-y fun because she's doing her best to combat the encroaching rule of the 100 (a gang that is a long time staple of the Black Lightning comic books), but it also shows that genre shows can and should reflect important issues out in the world. And showrunners Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil do not shy away from these things, but lean into it. Jefferson, after hanging up his Black Lightning costume for nine years, is fed up with sitting on the sidelines after his daughters are kidnapped by Lala (William Catlett), a higher-ranking member of The 100 gang.

Isabella was able to pull DC back from this most precarious of branches they'd climbed onto with the Black Bomber idea, and instead pitched them on Black Lightning, aka Jefferson Pierce, an erudite Olympic decathlete turned inner city high school teacher who educates by day, and - with the help of various electricity-based powers - fights crime by night. In this way, it introduces Jefferson, Jennifer, and Anissa, along with the conflict of the season, all at once. "I believe that family of lesbian and gay teenagers need to see that, if they're struggling with accepting their child's sexuality".

The final moments of the episode make "Resurrection" stand apart from other DCTV pilots. But now that we've seen how it's come together, it might just jump to the top of my favorite's list. During the previously mentioned gunman scene, Anissa steps up and tries to confront the would-be shooter before her father steps in. So often in these CW superhero shows, the villain can make or break a season. In many cases it is presented through the lens of a found family. While the Flash protects the multiverse from evil and Supergirl defends earth from alien threats, Black Lightning's chief concerns lie in his quest for a normal life. Getting to know the characters and their world flows very smoothly along with the storyline and, even though it's only the first episode and we've only begun to scratch the surface of these characters, the sense of knowing who they are is already being explored in a way that gives them depth.

"I didn't want to do [an origin story], because you've seen it", Akil told Tracking Board ahead of the show's premiere.

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