The First Trailer For The CW’s Black Lightning Strikes Down!

The first trailer for The CW’s Black Lightning series from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil is here!

The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, Christine Adams as Lynn Pierce, and China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams as their daughters.

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.

At their upfront presentation the network revealed this series would not be a part of the overall DCTV universe which includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. “It is a separate situation,” CW chief Mark Pedowitz told reporters. “But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four of the shows that are on in the fall.” That crossover event is said to be happening in November.

Meanwhile, The CW revealed their new Fall schedule today as well:

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL

9:00-10:00 PM VALOR

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH

9:00-10:00 PM LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE

9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

9:00-10:00 PM ARROW

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN

Black Lightning will be a midseason debut.

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