We’ve reported on the development of this series a few times now, but today at the CW Upfronts, the network debuted its first-look trailer for its small screen adaptation of the electrifying DC hero, which joins an already robust line-up of comics-based shows at the network (Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, Riverdale, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
It could be that actively great television is grabbing my attention more (Fargo, Better Call Saul, Catastrophe, etc…), but I’ve been feeling really burnt out on the CW shows in general. Even episodes that most consider quite fun like this week’s Supergirl, I’ve had a hard time not glancing down at my phone. But this trailer feels a bit more refreshing in that the hero is a bit older than the usual CW lead, and the cast looks to be mostly African American, another element that sets it apart from the rest of their superhero fare. Also the perspective of the retired hero coming back into action, while tried and true in the comics, is fairly new territory for these sets of shows.
The show will also NOT be set in the Arrowverse at its inception, per their presentation today. If that works for it or against it, I’ll let you decide.
Black Lightning is executive produced and showrun by Salim and Mara Bock Akil and Greg Berlanti, and stars Cress Williams, China Anne McLain, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams. Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
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