Let’s Get Lit: Black Lightning Is the Super Hero Show for the Trump Era

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Let’s make a black super hero television show shall we?

Black Lightning, premiering tonight on the CW, is the story of Jefferson Pierce, a man in his 40s drawn back into the superhero game after taking a long hiatus to save his marriage and raise his two kids. He’s settled into a comfortable life as principal of Garfield High School. He’s spitting game to get back his ex-wife, Lynn (Christine Adams from The Mentalist and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who left him because she couldn’t handle the stress of his double life. As a principal, he can keep an eye on his wild younger daughter, Jennifer (China Anne McClain); and his older daughter, med school student Anissa (Nafessa Williams, from Twin Peaks and Burning Sands), regularly drops by the school to volunteer.

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