The CW just released the latest trailer for their upcoming DC TV series, Black Lightning and although it doesn’t show us anything we don’t already know from the upcoming series, it’s a solid teaser set to Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Courtesy of The CW’s YouTube channel, the brief new trailer offers a honed-down impression of the crisis that pushes Black Lightning to become who he must. It also depicts just what kind of power it takes to control electricity. During a conversation with Jefferson Pierce, we learn Black Lighting has been retired for nine years, and the teaser elaborates slightly on just what Pierce will be going through when he heads back in after almost a decade out of the crime-fighting vigilante game.
Check out the new teaser for Black Lightning below which comes just after the release of some key art featuring Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce, Cress Williams as Black Lightning and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce:
Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), now a father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school, a hero in his community. Nine years ago he was a hero of a different sort, gifted with superhuman powers as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. Seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Superhero days behind. But now with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of a menacing local gang, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family but also the soul of his community.
As they emphasized at San Diego Comic Con, Black Lighting won’t shy away from issues affecting the African American and non-white community, such as police brutality and gang violence. The addition of Lamar’s music is a welcome touch.
Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, January 16 at 9 PM on The CW.
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