When all the winter holidays have passed and the new year begins, The CW will be adding an electrifying new DC Comics hero series to their line-up. At long last, the network’s Black Lightning series has a debut date.
According to TVLine, the new superhero series will premiere on Tuesday, January 16 right after a new episode of The Flash, taking the place currently occupied by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Previously in the works at Fox before the network passed & The CW picked it up, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce who was a former superhero that retired nine years ago to focus on raising his two daughters. When a local gang begins to threaten his city of Freeland, Pierce comes out of retirement in order to protect the city and those he loves.
Just like Supergirl, Black Lightning reportedly will not take place in the same universe as Arrow and other shows of the fan-dubbed Arrowverse but will stand alone in its own reality.
With Black Lightning taking Tuesday nights, it’s uncertain currently when DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to finish out its third season with mid-season finales of all the shows not that far away. According to the report, Supergirl will return January 15, The Flash of course also on January 16 and Arrow on January 18.
Black Lightning comes from Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti and his producing partner Sarah Schechter and Being Mary Jane‘s executive producers Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil.