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Black Lightning

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.” (more…)

On April Fool’s Day, there was a Facebook gag on the social media site that said that the CW had cancelled all their series except the superhero ones and it was going to reband itself on the basis of being all-superheroes, all the time. It was a joke, but maybe now not too far from the truth. Following up on the CW picking up the pilot for Black Lightning after it was cast off at Fox, the network has officially announced that the series will be a part of its 2017-2018 line-up joining Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. So DCTV five nights a week, then?  (more…)

As the first black superhero to have his own DC standalone comic book series, Black Lightning is not only an iconic character, but has a legacy that is significant well beyond the realm of comics. Created by Tony Isabella and Tony von Eeden, Black Lightning is an Olympic gold medallist, a high school principal and an accomplished member of the Justice League – and that is all before you consider the impact his presence had on the emerging representation of African-Americans in popular culture. Now that The CW is giving the superhero his own show, the new incarnation has a lot to live up to. (more…)

The CW Has Found Its Black Lightning!

One of the earliest African American superheroes in DC comics, Black Lightning‘s first story was published in 1977. Forty years later, The CW has finally offered the hero the pilot for his own television series, after it was passed up by Fox. With Salim Akil directing the pilot, Mara Brock Akil and Greg Berlanti on board to develop the character and Sarah Schecter also involved in executive production, the show is now well under way in terms of production and it’s now only a matter of time before we finally get to see Black Lightning on screen. (more…)

Looks like the Arrowverse… um… Flarrowverse… well… the lineup of DC television shows on The CW is expanding to add yet another series! Fox has decided to pass on picking up Black Lightning, so like all the other DC shows (Except maybe for Gotham and Lucifer), it’s joining the likes of Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.

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Black Lightening

Super producer Greg Berlanti has been on a roll in the superhero world. The man has made it so that we have a DC Comics show on almost every day of the week on the CW network. We already have Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and now have Supergirl coming over from CBS this fall. With all the “Arrowverse” shows under one roof, we’re also getting crossover shows for each of those characters working together as well. Needless to say, Berlanti is now the king of network superheroes… and he’s not done yet.

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Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me.  (more…)

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