One of the most anticipated shows of 2108 has finally premiered, and to call Black Lightning a success by Twitter standards is kind of an understatement.
Black Lightning is not your typical CW fare, focusing on middle-aged, retired superhero, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) as he picks his mantle back up at a time in his life when he's already loaded down being an ex-husband, father to two teen daughters, a high-school principal and all-around golden boy of the neighborhood. When his daughters are kidnapped by drug dealers, however, he has no choice but to put the super-suit back on and harness his lightning powers for the forces of good again.
It also goes without saying that this show is different because it depicts a black superhero (and spoiler alert: his black super-family), which created a pretty great opportunity for Twitter to weigh in on whether show nailed the racial politics or missed the mark.
For most viewers, Black Lightning didn't just hit the mark, it bulls-eyed every shot it took.
#BlackLightning is good so far! A lot of Black Excellence!— J.I.R.T. (@tempesttbaggett) January 17, 2018
#BlackLightning is already trending #1? Damn looks like everyone is already woke to the show. ✊🏿— Dimeji Babalola (@dimejibabalola) January 17, 2018
Afropunk, SZA, MLK references in the first 15 mins. Not the average superhero show #BLACKLIGHTNING— Chris Alonzo (@ChrisAlonzo__) January 17, 2018
I'm really intrigued by a superhero who is mad at their identity as a hero for the toll it takes. #BlackLightning— Erin Scott (@WriteTimeToDraw) January 17, 2018
Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.