Another Black superhero has snagged his own TV series. “Black Lightning,” debuted on the CW Tuesday, Jan. 16 becoming the first Black-led show on the network’s DC Comics lineup. The series focuses on Jefferson Pierce, an estranged husband and father of two who hung up his lightning suit to become a principal at the local high school.
However, spoiler, once his teen girls are abducted by Metropolis’s biggest threat, a gang called the 100, he’s forced out of retirement to save them. By the end of the episode, a new development emerges for one of his daughters promising an interesting story ahead.
There are sure to be other adventures as the series unfolds, but the appearance of a Black superhero on network television — joining Netflix’s “Luke Cage” and premiering ahead of February’s “Black Panther,” which are both Marvel properties — is major.
One viewer tweeted, “I literally cannot believe this show is on the CW. #BlackLightning. Wow. In every way, wow.”
Another simply said, “#BlackLightning is AMAZING.”
Roland Martin, the former “NewsOne Now” host who appeared on the pilot episode, tweeted, “Damn skippy! Had to #BringTheFunk on @blacklightning.”
And something not lost on attentive fans was the dedication of late veteran Atlanta anchor Amanda Davis. She died in December after a massive stroke.
“Want to pay homage to our @blackLightning news anchor, the late great #AmandaDavis,” tweeted the official “Black Lightning” writers account, “who will be missed but whose immense contributions to journalism and #BlackLightning will not be forgotten.”
The premiere episode was dedicated to Davis and she’ll be popping up in future episodes, too.
— BirdandtheMidnightFalcons (@TLsixseven) January 17, 2018
— Saltfish No Bake 🇹🇹 (@BlkGrlsDontDate) January 17, 2018