Watch the First Trailer for The CW's 'Black Lightning'

The CW released a trailer for its latest superhero drama “Black Lightning,” after their upfront presentation in New York on Thursday.


Jefferson Pearce (Cress Williams) hung up his vigilante ways ten years ago as Black Lightning. Now, crime and corruption threaten his family and forces him out of retirement. He also has to mentor his daughters (Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain) as their powers begin to emerge. 

The mid-season series comes from Greg Berlanti, one of the architects of CW's DC Comics' live-action shows along with Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband/producing partner Salim Akil who serve as the showrunners.

Check out the first trailer below and expect Black Lightning to premiere in the winter on the CW.


 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.

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