Black Lightning is a DC comics superhero TV show developed by Salim Akil, his wife Mara Brock Akil & Greg Berlanti, who is also known as the father of the DC tv universe which spawned with the inception of Arrow back in 2012. However, Black Lightning is not connected to the Arrowverse shows but a future crossover may be in the cards; if the showrunners decide to go with the idea.
Black Lightning was created by writer Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden, first appearing in Black Lightning #1 (April 1977) during the Bronze Age of Comic Books. While his origin story has been told several times, his current origin story states that he was born in the DC Universe a meta-human with superhuman abilities.
Black Lightning is DC Comics’ second African-American superhero and the first black DC Comics hero to lead his own TV series played by Cress Williams as the titular character alongside China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin Jones III, Damon Gupton, and James Remar.
The first season focused on Black Lightning returning from his retirement and fighting the One Hundred and the season’s main antagonists, the ASA and Tobias Whale. Black Lightning is a monumental achievement for the DC universe and the crown jewel of the current DC TV shows including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow & Supergirl.
Its focus on a stronger narrative and the grittier grounded approach makes it a more relatable and a realistic tv show like Arrow. Its main strength lies in the message it’s trying to convey regarding equal rights and privileges for the African-American community. It further delves into the realistic consequences of gang violence, corrupt law enforcement and racism. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has received a 97% approval rating, with an average rating of 8.3/10, based on 43 reviews.
Black Lightning Cast: Who’s in it?
Black Lightning was renewed for a second season at the CW network and came back stronger than ever. Most of the main characters in the series returned for season 2. This included Cress Williams as Jefferson who was joined by China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Christine Adams, Damon Gupton, and James Remar. Jordan Calloway joined the main cast after being promoted from a recurring cast member from the previous season.