This electrifying new superhero show stars Cress Williams as the retired caped crusader, now a high school principal in Freeland, who is reluctantly brought back into vigilantism after gangland trouble strikes too close to home.
But exactly where did the high-voltage DC character come from, and precisely what are his paranormal powers?
Beyond being created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor Von Eeden, the Metropolis-born crimefighter named Jefferson Pierce first appeared in April of 1977 with Black Lightning #1 but was canceled a year later. He made many cameo appearances in a multitude of titles over the years before being developed by Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti and The CW for the small screen.
Plug in to a lightning-fast, two-minute trip into the Black Lightning mythos in the video above, then tell us if you're excited for this force-field-generating, electricity-blasting figure for justice appearing in his debut series next Tuesday.
Additional material by Jeff Spry.