A new sizzle reel released at SDCC welcomed Black Lightning to the CW's DCTV block. The nearly two minute trailer showed clips of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow alongside images from the classic comics that shows were inspired from, before ending with an extended look at the new Black Lightning series.
Although Black Lightning isn't set in the shared "Arrowverse," that didn't prevent the CW from promoting it as part of their ever-growing roster of superheroes shows
While the sizzle reel shows clips from the show's first trailer, we did get a few new glimpses of Cress Williams in action as Black Lightning.
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.