Black Lightning: first trailer for new DC series

Greg Berlanti’s latest superhero project at The CW is Black Lightning. It’s the mega-producer’s fifth DC series at the network, following Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow.

The first season of Black Lightning is set to debut in the midseason break of the other DC shows’ next runs. We’d expect a January 2018 release date, then, or something along those lines.

Here’s the first trailer, which dropped online overnight…

The series, which will apparently be set in a different universe to all the other DC shows, also has this brand new synopsis…

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.

Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

And here’s another look at that awesome costume, designed by Laura Jean Shannon…

More news as we hear it. We’re still waiting on an exact release date…

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