Now while all the attention has been on the upcoming Black Panther movie set to release on February 16th, exactly one month before that, a new black superhero show is coming to television. Black Lighting is set to join The CW’s superhero lineup on January 16th and will be represented by network television's first black superhero family. The show was created by Mara Brock Akil and Salt Akil also known for Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane.
Well, while John Stewart (Green Lantern) and Cyborg are two of the more known black DC Comics superhero, Black Lightning is the first! He was created back in 1977 becoming DC’s first black character to headline a comic book. He became DC Comics’ response to Marvel’s successful Black Panther and Luke Cage series.
Jefferson Pierce was born with metahuman abilities which in his case gave him the abilities to control lightning. He learned how to use his powers and as a young man became the superhero Black Lightning. He protected his city against the crime and violence from gangs. He eventually retired though to save his family and opted to change lives in a different way, becoming the principal of a local high school. Ironically, nearly a decade later, his daughters run into some trouble with the lead local street gang, The 100, and this prompts Black Lightning to come out of retirement to save his daughters and ultimately become the hero his city needs yet again.
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