Black Lightning

It’s electric! The CW sets new year premiere date for Black Lightning

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Nov 16, 2017, 3:15 PM EST

If you’ve been thinking to yourself lately that there’s just not enough darn DC superheroes on The CW, then we’ve got some good news: Black Lighting will be electrifying the airwaves in less than two months!

Per a CW announcement today, the new Greg Berlanti-produced superhero show will debut Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following a brand-new episode of The Flash. Which ought to make for a very happy new year.

As DC’s answer to Marvel’s Luke Cage, Black Lighting became the first black character to headline his own series when he was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eden 40 years ago in 1977.

In the show, veteran TV actor Cress Williams (Code Black, Friday Night Lights) takes on the role of Jefferson Pierce, nee Black Lighting, a masked vigilante who can harness the power of electricity. He used to do quite a bit of superhero work in his community, but gave it up to protect his family and become a local principal.

Alas, nine years later, Pierce is forced to don the mask yet again when the mean streets being run by local gang The One Hundred start encroaching on his home life and his teenage daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), who may have seemingly inherited some of their dad's super powers, too.

Check out the trailer below:

Indeed, you can feel the Black Lightning electricity in the air. We learned a couple of weeks ago that Isabella is returning to the character for a new six-issue comic series titled Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands with artist Clayton Henry. And with the premiere date of The CW show finally inked, the character’s popularity is poised to pop. Will you be watching?

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