The CW has debuted a sizzle reel showing off all their superhero shows, as well as giving audiences a sneak peek at their newest series, Black Lightning. The network has been the central hub for DC Comics-related shows for the past five years, which began with Arrow in 2012, and continued with The Flash in 2014 and Legends of Tomorrow in 2016. Supergirl officially joined the fold last year when CBS transferred the series over to The CW. Together, all four shows make up the colloquially-named Arrowverse, and although the network doesn't have any plans to add another hero into the mix, that doesn't mean they are shying away from developing other superhero shows.
Based on the comic book character of the same name created by Tony Isabella, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as the eponymous character, Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, who, after spending nine years fighting crime under the mask, retired his superhero persona once he saw how his nocturnal activities were affecting his family. Unfortunately, the increase in gang violence following the rise of The One Hundred forces Pierce to don his superhero costume once again in order to defend his community - and his family.
Black Lightning has been in development for quite some time, though it wasn't until 2016 that Warner Bros. TV began pitching the series to several networks. The CW picked up the show, and it's finally scheduled to premiere in the upcoming 2018 midseason. Today, the network released a new sizzle reel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that highlights all of their main superheroes - from Arrow to Supergirl - while also providing audiences with footage from the upcoming Black Lightning series. You can watch the sizzle reel in the section above.
In addition to showing off the creative process and highlighting the various characters, the trailer also plays excerpts from different episodes throughout each of the network's superhero shows. It even emphasizes the fun quote from last year's Invasion! crossover event (which featured heavy references to Marvel Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) in which Kara Danvers told Barry Allen that, regardless of their powers, they are "Earth's mightiest heroes," something comic book fans will easily recognize as the phrase commonly associated with the Avengers team, whereas the DC Comics heroes are typically called the world's finest heroes.
It's unclear at this time exactly when Black Lightning will premiere, though we already know that the network has dated the rest of the Arrowverse shows for early October, with their flagship superhero series, Arrow, moving from its traditional Wednesday night slot to Thursday nights. Stay tuned for any more information regarding Black Lightning as it comes out of SDCC 2017.
Source: The CW
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