With The CW’s Black Lightning having been in development for a while now – not to mention footage already having been released online – we’ve finally been given a premiere date for the network’s latest DC-driven show.
As per The CW themselves, Black Lightning will premiere in the US on Tuesday, January 16th at 9pm. That means that the series will air directly after The Flash, although it also means that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is being moved to a to-be-confirmed new night.
The official synopsis for Black Lightning reads:
As Black Lightning begins, 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 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.
There’s no word at this stage on where Black Lightning will end up in the UK, although it seems that Sky1 would be the likeliest of destinations given how the rest of The CW’s DC-based shows are found there.