After turns in Prison Break and Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams turned in the leading role as high school principal Jefferson Pierce, who hung up the Black Lightning costume but finds himself drawn back in to defend his community. When he puts on the suit again, he becomes an inspiration to those around him, not least his own daughters.
While the story involves significant developments revolving around Pierce’s family and their various romantic relationships and friendships, the reality is that this is similar to Netflix’s Marvel Luke Cage in the way that it tackles real-life social issues. Instead of making social issues for Pierce’s community a “black/white” discord, it’s ultimately about the way that the black community stands up against the criminal elements within it.
The CW has done superheroes well, right? With Black Lightning, it provides a black superhero who is classy and realistically engrained in his society, acknowledging real-life problems. Some of the special effects are less than we’ve come to expect, but the storyline and character development makes up for it.
Special features include the Black Lightning Comic-Con panel, gag reel, and deleted scenes, as well as features, “A Family of Strength” and “Black Lightning Come Visit Georgia.”