CW Releases Synopsis For Black Lightning


And the CW has released an extended synopsis for Black Lightning.

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil ("Being Mary Jane," "The Game," "Girlfriends"), and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash"). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

Now according to earlier reporting, Black Lightning does not take place in the Arrowverse and because it films in Atlanta instead of Toronto, crossing over the series would be a logistical nightmare. Plus it's a late season series so it won't be part of the 4-way crossover. This is exactly what I would expect Mark Pedowitz to say about a brand new series. But Black Lightning started at Fox so a lot of things were in play before CW got involved. If the series does well and earns a second season, there's nothing to say the show can't be moved to Toronto a la Supergirl's move from L.A. between seasons. And it could exist on another Earth in the multiverse… so I wouldn't rule out crossovers if the show does well.

And the one thing to pick out of the extended synopsis is reference to The One Hundred which is portrayed as a street gang here but in the comics is a much bigger criminal organization that controls Suicide Slums in Metropolis and it tied to the villain Tobias Whale.

Black Lightning is a mid-season series. No day or time has been given yet.


About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.