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Black Lightning: A retired superhero becomes a vigilante for justice.

  • Currently 3.51/5
(136 votes)
Ratings: IMDB: N/A Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: January 16, 2018
Runtime: 60 mins
Genres: Action Crime Sci-Fi
Countries: USA
Director: NA
Actors: Cress Williams Gregg Henry William Catlett

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Posted by Cataclysmic 1 month ago
+38 | +38 / -0

This had to be the best pilot out of all the CW DC shows, wonderful start to the series. Characters are all fleshed out well, action on point, writing well done and soundtrack was dope. Didn't feel rushed, but at times it did feel too preachy concerning BLM and gun violence. Considering the main villains are a gang makes sense these topics be brought up and makes the story relevant to us. I know they said this is separate from the other shows and I feel the first season should focus mainly on this world, but down the line Black Lightning has to crossover. Excited to see what they do with the daughters and them taking on their roles as Thunder and Lightning.

Posted by NickFuryJudgeJury 1 month ago ( Edited 1 month ago )
+36 | +36 / -0

Much better than I thought it would be with Greg Berlanti involved, that cat has made it clear he has no respect for black men(take that as you will but one can not ignore what is there to be seen) His partners Salim and Mara Malik(married) most likely added the pluses to the show but I still am on the fence. Yeah it had all the, and I do mean all, the old school cliche black songs added in the right places, and all the references to the things that are supposed to concern black folk but I worry the show will make itself a parody of the things it is trying copy. The wire, Luke Cage, etc. Because make no mistake these three are no Cheo Hodari Coker, Ava Duvernay, or Ryan Coogler. I hope the show in trying to compete with Luke Cage doesn't water down or lose the message that a show like Luke Cage was delivering and the significance of the music, the books, and the villains in the show. Just throwing young black men in as gang members won't cut it. A few reasons why I am concerned, the choice to make Black Lightning the older version instead of a young man, an origin, and progression. Hollywood doesn't seem to like young straight black males, especially ones that can be intelligent and make good decisions and get the girl, Unlike a Flash, or a Green Arrow. 2 the show did this so it can quickly dismiss Black Lightning and make the show about his daughters who will have powers as well. Nothing at all wrong with that, but again television has no representation in the comic book genre of young black men in a realistic and positive way (Mr. Terrific and Firestorm don't count) and I do recognize that there is no representation for young black women as well either so it is good to see the young sisters doing their thing. Its something to think about but I still can't figure why DC won't give a very popular character a chance and could have even added him as an addition to the Arrow verse in Static shock. I guess only time will tell how this turns out.

Posted by Tullock 1 month ago
+35 | +35 / -0

I loved this! No Whiney Iris, or Felicity type people. Awww it was such a good relief! Awesome suit powered by powers.Lightning with every punch and kick, it looks so cool! I loved it! You know you messed up when he gets that look on his face!

Posted by missypanda3 1 month ago ( Edited 1 month ago )
+35 | +35 / -0

LOVE A BLACK SUPERHERO THAT KICKS RACIST POLICE ASS AS WELL AS GANG-BANGERS!!! This reminds me of a modern day version of the old school show called A MAN CALLED HAWK with Avery Brooks. I also love that they gave his beautiful wife natural hair. It's about time we stop seeing images of Black women culturally appropriating white women's straight hair styles and start wearing their own beautiful natural hair.

Posted by MarcoRobin 1 month ago
+31 | +31 / -0

Could they try any harder to make this show blacker? Black mayor, black family, black gangs, black news anchor, all black teachers, and everyone in the club black. They even made a black lightning rap song. They did everything but give every one a gold chain and jordans. I like the super hero and it looks casted really well for the main roles but they made this the blackest lightning they could. In an america where 80% of the incarcerated are imprisoned for victimless crimes, the police are all of our worst enemy looking to squeeze tax dollars out of our freedoms but I want to see super heroes fight villains and crime, not a race war in a show where the only white people are police. I hope they redirect focus onto fighting super villians. I wouldn't enjoy watching a white super hero in a race war against black people anymore than i like how this is going. When talking about race, someone will be horribly offended I'm sure. I don't care. I simply want to watch a superhero be a superhero, not a black lives matter fictional story.

Posted by tussles 1 month ago
+25 | +25 / -0

Great addition to the DC TV line up.

Posted by fotwennytime 3 weeks ago
+15 | +15 / -0

TRIGGER WARNING!!!. bigots will not like this show.

Posted by wordtothewise 1 month ago
+12 | +12 / -0

Love both the Marvel and the DC Universe, as I grew up on comic books since the early 60's. I found this show too one-sided, black-sided, complete with too many black stereotypes and cliched commentary, specifically designed to relate to a younger black male/female audience, instead of the population in general. It's a black show for blacks! Now, there's nothing wrong with any of that, other than, it appears too one-sided. Truthfully speaking, the show won't last the season, as it will not be able to build a sturdy fan base, based on black stereotypes and black cliches. While the acting is good; it by itself is not enough to keep the show going for more than a season. Just saying...

Posted by FrillyBits 2 weeks ago
+11 | +11 / -0

This show is more family and society drama than 'superhero' show. If that's what you are looking for then you will probably enjoy it. I already have enough dramas on my watchlist so after 3 episodes I have decided I will pass on this one.

Posted by Forsaken 1 month ago
+10 | +10 / -0

good so far, the glowy parts of the suit look silly tho.

Posted by WalsallGuy 2 weeks ago
+7 | +7 / -0

Sorry to say but so far I am 3 episodes in and yet have to see why this was put into the genre of Action, Crime and Sci-fi.... it is more like a family drama. Have myself been a fan of the whole DC and Marvel universe since I was a child and am so struggling to see this series live up to either. Personally I think they will struggle to see a 2nd series out of this (family) show, as I have seen much better programs cancelled with US networks. On a final thought.... Whats with the suit.... I get that he emits lightning/electricity but neon lightning REALLY!!!! all adds to my own take as to why I can't see this moving forward.

Posted by STANPINK 3 weeks ago
+7 | +7 / -0

Since his powers can actually blur his image whats the point of wearing all that plastic n spandex

Posted by darkgab 1 month ago
+7 | +7 / -0

Black Lightning hell yeah shazam dint make the cut bammmmm !!!!!!!

Posted by swayb 1 month ago
+7 | +7 / -0


Posted by MarisaCole70 1 month ago ( Edited 1 month ago )
+6 | +6 / -0

They could have made it a bit less predictable. But not bad really.

Posted by WeirdMonkey 2 weeks ago
+5 | +5 / -0

Really liking this show, but the similarities between this and Luke Cage are pretty glaring. Ex-hero from the ghetto laying low (difference was their backgrounds--one a criminal, the other a high school principal), only to come out of retirement due to being provoked by hoodrats. It's its own show, for sure, but the subtleties are there. I'll keep watching, because it's doing well so far. I give it an 8/10. I'd give it more, but I noticed so far they're waiting until the very tail end of the show to bring the actual Black Lightning into the show for some action. They need to bring him into more sequences earlier in the show, in my honest opinion.

Posted by MICHAELMYERS 3 weeks ago
+4 | +4 / -0

lol what happen to jax;s? the barber shop hero ? show???? lol ill pass! ha ha ha ha

Posted by wadephillips 2 weeks ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Everyone acts like this is a premise...Have you not heard of Luke Cage?

Posted by kenXz 3 weeks ago
+3 | +3 / -0

It does looks like a good show, but too soon to say! I don't know what to make of it just now but I do find it a lot better than all other super hero TV shows like Arrow, The gifted, agents of shield, Flash etc.The visuals look great except for his suit, its sorta cheesy with the dual lighting bolts. They could've worked on it and given a better look. The art and motion photography's GREAT, Shame the costume screws things up! The art director should give the show a comic book feel, that'll be great, like that TV Show called HAPPY or the Art visuals cinematography had a likeness to that movie Sin City, that looks like something out of a comic, this would look awesome! Still has a good story. I'll follow this I think!

Posted by kenuch 3 weeks ago
+3 | +3 / -0

So far, so worth it. This show holds a lot of promise and episode two points to a wonderful show ahead. Looks like ultimately, it'll be the female super hero holding the mantle.

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