In little more than a month Black Lightning will shock audiences, and The CW is revving up promotion with the debut of new key art for the electric hero. The stylized posters show the titular hero with his hands literally full of lightning while being flanked by his two daughters. Like their father, Jennifer and Anissa Pierce are metahumans who eventually adopt the identities of Thunder and Lightning.
The series tells the story of Jefferson Pierce, who retired from being Black Lightning for nearly a decade ago after being a hero became too much of a burden on his family life. Now a high school principal, Jefferson finds himself donning his costume yet again to fight the evil gang known as The One Hundred.
This marks the first time Black Lightning has ever been adapted to live action. Previously, he’s appeared in cartoons, such as Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice: Invasion. More recently, he made his way to the world of Injustice 2 as a character skin for Mortal Kombat’s Raiden. In the game’s pre-fight banter, he references dealing with The One Hundred and sports a costume similar to his live action interpretation.
Premiering Jan. 16, 2018 on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin Jones III.
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