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BLACK LIGHTNING Won’t Be a Part of CW Arrow-Verse, and New Trailer

BLACK LIGHTNING Won’t Be a Part of CW Arrow-Verse, and New Trailer

The CW announced its fall lineup schedule this morning and along with a number of information about the upcoming superhero series Black Lightning.

First, check out the new trailer below! Also check out the story details from the upcoming series by CLICKING HERE!

In it we see the backstory of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), retired from his superhero ways at the behest of his wife, becoming upended when the streets of New Orleans become too dangerous. As per the trailer, Pierce will once again become Black Lightning in order to combat crime particularly after his daughter is recruited by a gang. The trailer also intimates that there may be, well, some genetic component to the power to harness electrostatic discharges, ahem, lightning.

Meanwhile CW execs also revealed that Black Lightning would not, for now at least, become a part of the universe spawned by The CW’s wildly successful Arrow series. All are a part of The CW’s growing foray into the DC Comics world, culminating with an awesome Invasion crossover into Arrow, The Flash, and DC Legends of Tomorrow (and a brief appearance in Supergirl).

While the network is currently aiming for a full, four series crossover event next Fall, it is not now planning a five series melee. CW Chieg Mark Pedowitz said:

“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four shows that are on in the fall.”

This makes logistical sense at least since the other shoes shoot in Vancouver while the latest entry is filmed mostly in Atlanta and New Orleans.

But fans hoping for a big melange shouldn’t lose hope. Supergirl is set on Earth-38 and the other three on Earth-1, so it is clear that executive producer Greg Berlanti has the ability and willingness to change the rules as we go along.

Meanwhile, in releasing their schedule, The CW had this to add about the upcoming series about one of the first major black superheroes in the DC Universe:

“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.”

Black Lightning will debut mid-season on The CW.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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