In less than a month, The CW will debut its next DC Comics-inspired superhero series, Black Lightning. Over the weekend the network gave us a little Christmas present in the form of what's probably the show's most exciting trailer yet.
Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a man with the ability to control electricity. Nearly a decade ago he patrolled the streets as a vigilante called Black Lightning, then retired that identity in order to be a better father to his daughters. He became superintendent of a local school, and used that position to help his community in a different way. Now, as gang violence in his neighborhood keeps rising, Pierce is prepared to finally put the suit back on and hit the streets as Black Lightning again.
Check it out below and let us know what you think:
This particular trailer puts a lot of emphasis on Pierce's reluctance to get back out there and be Black Lightning, despite encouragement from his friend Peter Gambi (the great James Remar). Eventually the overwhelming need for a force of good in his community overtakes him, and he unleashes his powers (while wearing a tuxedo), then dons the costumes and hits the streets.
What's interesting about this is that, unlike most vigilantes, he doesn't seem to move in the shadows. He's right out in the open, walking toward danger while others run away from it, strutting along as fans take photos. He embraces his place as an icon, which is a refreshing turn.
Oh, and if all that weren't cool enough, the trailer is set to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle," adding an extra layer of power (and political punch) to the show. Black Lightning looks more and more like a must-watch every day.
Black Lightning premieres January 16 on The CW.