Black Lightning Raises the Bar for Other Superhero Series

Black Lightning Raises the Bar for Other Superhero Series

In his earlier run as Black Lightning, Jeff got hurt often and badly enough that his wife Lynn (Christine Adams) divorced him, saying she couldn't take it any more and didn't want to subject their daughters to it, either. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, co-executive producers Salim and Mara Brock Akil as the Arrowverse doesn't fit with their vision for the series. Set in the fictitious city of Freeland, Black Lightning's premiere sets a strong precedent for what's to come, builds up a great comeback for the title character, and introduces the issues it will deal with in the coming season.

In the series, which debuts tonight on the CW network, Williams plays the outspoken eldest daughter of Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who moonlights as the super-powered vigilante Black Lightning. In one of the show's most fascinating commentaries, which is derived directly from the original comics, Black Lightning's primary foe is the notorious Tobias Whale (Martin Jones III), an African-American with albinism. Finally, Jennifer (China Anne McClain) reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big. It doesn't take Jefferson very long to put his metahuman powers on display following a string of incidents: Anissa's arrest, being dragged from his vehicle by the police based exclusively on the color of his skin, Jennifer nearly being kidnapped by the 100, a gunman appearing at his school.

It feels like 2018 is just about the ideal time for a show that features a black, lesbian superhero. "They've got teenage girls who want to do things they shouldn't be doing". Netflix and The CW have not confirmed the Black Lightning release date, but we do know the series will be added to Netflix this spring.

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The temptation is to refer to this show as an update of blaxploitation movies of the 1970s such as Shaft or Black Caesar, complete with its classic soul/R&B (lotsa Al Green music on this soundtrack). It's in this vein that the show already feels darker and grittier simply because it's more timely and relevant than other shows.

"How many origin stories have you seen?" During the previously mentioned gunman scene, Anissa steps up and tries to confront the would-be shooter before her father steps in. "I don't know if it's completely sunk in that I'm about to play a superhero", Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce, aka Thunder), marveled during San Deigo Comic-Con last summer. He later returns to Garfield High taking the job as the principle. "But then you go on television and there was no black man at the center of any television show speaking to any of the issues that were about his own life, in a lot of ways". The glimpses into Anissa and Jennifer's relationship is genuine. "Our villains are not necessarily aliens or other people with superpowers, they're the villains that we know every day", said Salim Akil told our sister site, TV Line, in July 2017. Even when they argue, the adoration they have for each other is very palpable.

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