The CW announced its 2017/2018 schedule this morning, and for those hoping for five nights of superheroes, you are bound to be disappointed to learn that Black Lightning, CW’s fifth superhero series based on DC Comics, will not be making its debut this fall. Alas, you will have to enjoy for the next couple of months this two-and-a-half minute trailer for the series, which features a new super-powers story that seems both personal and timely. “Black Lightning was a savior who kept our streets and our schools safe,” goes the narration. “He was hope personified, but he was also Jefferson Pierce, my father.”
Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are the creators and the showrunners of this latest series, which also comes from the Greg Berlanti factory that also oversees Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the teen drama Riverdale. The series will follow Pierce as he’s given up his superhero life to focus on raising his family and being an everyday hero as a high school principal, but when one of his daughter finds herself in deep with the local gang (and maybe sharing her father’s powerful “gifts”), Black Lightning is called to action one more. Cress Williams plays the titular hero, with Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams co-starring as Jefferson’s two daughters Anissa and Jennifer, and his wife Lynn respectively.
Catch the Lightning below!
There’s no word on an exact date for the premiere of Black Lightning, but it will bow sometime at midseason on the CW (and the pilot will likely be shown, as per tradition, later this summer at San Diego Comic Con). In other CW superhero news, you’ll be able to find Supergirl, Flash, and Legends at their present days and times, but Arrow and Riverdale will be switching places. The Archies will now be Wednesday at 8 pm, and the Emerald Archer is moving to Thursday at 9 pm.