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3 Reasons we can’t wait for The CW’s diverse new superhero series, ‘Black Lightning’

We are only three days away from the series premiere of Black Lightning! There are so many superhero shows on The CW right now, why wouldn’t we want to add another one to the list? Here are three reasons why we simply can’t wait for the charged show.


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While all of the DC TV shows have their share of some awesomely diverse characters, none have quite the edge that this one will. This show won’t just have a few people of color, they will all be of color! The show will revolve around Jefferson Pierce and his family in the run-down neighborhood of Metropolis, Suicide Slums. While the other universes may have their own black heroes, Black Lightning was the first major black hero to come to the comic world. Now, we finally get to see him come to life on screen, and we couldn’t be happier!

Watch Nafessa Williams talk about the social importance of Black Lightning

2. Electric Cast

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Black Lightning himself, will be played by Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights). If you don’t already love him, trust me, you will. Also, his youngest of two daughters will be played by China Anne McClain (House of Pain, Descendants 2). This little powerhouse made her name starting in a few Tyler Perry productions, and going on to dominate a few roles for Disney Channel. Oh, and did I mention that she and her TV sister, Nafessa Williams (One Life to Live, Code Black) will also develop their own superpowers to go along with their father’s? Rounding out the family is Lynn Pierce, portrayed by the classy, intelligent, and incredibly talented Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Terra Nova).

Watch Cress Williams talk about the first time he put on the Black Lightning suit

3. LGBT Representation

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The Arrowverse never lets us down when it comes to properly representing the LGBT community. The show will not shy away from Anissa’s (Thunder’s) relationship with Grace Choi, played by Chantal Thuy. The romantic relationship between these two characters comes straight from the pages of the comic books. Having two women of  color being in a relationship that’s front and center on the show (not a side character, or side story) is incredibly important for the network and genre.

What are you most excited to see this season? Hit the comments and stay tuned for more Black Lightning news and recaps! Also, I am trying to get into live-tweeting the episodes so go check me out @Fandom_Airlines.

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays, at 9/8PM CST on The CW.

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RoseMary Blankenship

RoseMary was obsessed with Disney before she could talk. As she grew up, so did her fandoms. If there are princesses or superheroes, there is a good chance she is addicted to it.

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