Twitter lights up over The CW's Black Lightning premiere

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Jan 16, 2018

Black Lightning is the latest addition to The CW's cadre of superhero shows. Premiering tonight, the show is a bit different than the other metahuman shows on the network. For one, Black Lightning is only tangentially considered part of the Arrowverse, which includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Black Lightning is also African-American, the first to lead a network TV show (he was also the first black DC superhero to star in his own comic book series).

But the biggest difference between Black Lightning and his caped compatriots is that he is older than the other superheroes on the network. In fact, the character is older than pretty much all of the characters on the traditionally younger-skewing network.

Black Lightning tells the tale of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a man who has been retired from the superhero life for nine years, after he saw the strain it was putting on his family. With the rise of a local gang, The One Hundred, Pierce is forced to return as Black Lightning to keep his city safe.

Pierce also has two daughters: Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams), who are both dealing with their own burgeoning super powers. Jennifer will eventually become Lightning, while Anissa will become Thunder.

The reactions on Twitter? So far, so good. The fans seem to be all in on Black Lightning. They seem to like the action, the acting, the character relationships, and the subtle, but pointed, social commentary. Here's a small example ...

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