Black Lightning is coming to The CW next year, and as production and promotion starts to ramp up, showrunner Salim Akil has revealed a bit of love for a fan-favorite character. He’s revealed that he hopes to have Static Shock appear in the show sooner, rather than later.
Static has come close to the small screen several times in live-action since his acclaimed animated series ended many years ago. This would be a great way to bring him into the fold.
I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way. So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.
The CW has released their updated schedule for this fall, with premiere dates and a few schedules changes for the The CW Arrow-verse. Supergirl returns on Monday, October 9th, at 8pm EST, with The Flash to follow the next day, October 10th, at 8pm EST. Legends of Tomorrow will then come on directly after Flash on Tuesday at 9pm EST in its new timeslot. Arrow will also be in a new timeslot, premiering on Thursday, October 12th at 9pm EST.
The CW keeps raising the stakes on their comic book universe, and with Black Lightning premiering mid-season 2018, it’s just going to continue getting better for fans of DC television.
The CW has posted an extended synopsis for its new Black Lightning series, as well as some updates regarding its place in the CW-verse. First off, the series is not currently planned as being a part of that universe. Things could potentially change with all of the multiverse shenanigans that universe seems to get into, but that’s the plan as of now. With that in mind, the series will not be present during the large-scale crossover this winter. You can check out the synopsis below:
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.
UPDATE: The CW has also released the first trailer for Black Lightning, which you can watch above.