The CW network is officially lit, thanks to the new DC Comics superhero series “Black Lightning.”
Adapted from the 1970s DC character of the same name, the action drama series ― which stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams ― follows high school principal Jefferson Pierce as he grapples with his secret past as a masked vigilante who harnesses power and controls electricity to keep his hometown safe. After 10 years of retiring from crime fighting, Pierce is forced to reignite his past identity to save his family and his community.
Upon its debut in 1977, the character was one of DC Comics’ first major African American superheroes, according to Deadline.
Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the new series will be the network’s fifth DC Comics drama, and will mark the Akils’ second project under their three-year production deal with Warner Bros.
“Black Lightning” is expected to premiere during the 2017-2018 TV season on the CW network.
Check out the show’s trailer in the clip above.