6.3/10
15,706
285 user 16 critic

Black Lightning 

Trailer
5:24 | Trailer

On TV

Airs Mon. Feb. 25, 9:00 PM on CW

A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African-American electrical superhero.

Creator:

Salim Akil
Reviews
Popularity
248 ( 22)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2019   2018  
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series 2016)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Time-travelling rogue Rip Hunter has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

Stars: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Amy Louise Pemberton
Krypton (TV Series 2018)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The untold story of Superman's grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet.

Stars: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos
Supergirl (TV Series 2015)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Cloak & Dagger (TV Series 2018)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two teenagers from very different backgrounds find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love.

Stars: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Gloria Reuben
The Gifted (TV Series 2017)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.

Stars: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale
The Flash (TV Series 2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Jessica Jones (2015–2019)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville
Iron Fist (2017–2018)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist.

Stars: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup
Arrow (TV Series 2012)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey
Luke Cage (2016–2018)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

Stars: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi
The Defenders (2017)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series 2013)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Cress Williams ...  Black Lightning / ... 28 episodes, 2018-2019
China Anne McClain ...  Jennifer Pierce 28 episodes, 2018-2019
Nafessa Williams ...  Anissa Pierce / ... 28 episodes, 2018-2019
Christine Adams ...  Lynn Pierce 28 episodes, 2018-2019
Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III ...  Tobias Whale 28 episodes, 2018-2019
Damon Gupton ...  Bill Henderson 28 episodes, 2018-2019
James Remar ...  Peter Gambi 28 episodes, 2018-2019
Jordan Calloway ...  Khalil Payne 19 episodes, 2018-2019
Edit

Storyline

Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Justice walks like thunder, strikes like lightning, and runs in the family. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lightning See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The term "metahuman" or "meta-human" was used in Black Lightning: Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder (2018), a word which is used quite frequently in The Flash (2014). See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and DC Comics logos are charged with lightning. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Some Things to Think About (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Tried to like it. Struggled. Failed.
2 March 2018 | by Colin0001See all my reviews

I'm black, and of an age where I was hugely into superhero and comic book culture from back in the day. And now seeing these stories brought to the screen, makes me more happy than you can know. With the high production values of Black Panther, and Luke Cage before it (I preferred Luke Cage actually), I was hoping for more of the same with Black Lightning. Instead, I tried to be loyal because at least I am represented as a black person on screen. But I didn't like the characters. Some were just jarring. The acting often seemed wooden.

It aims for grittiness, but it doesn't come across as gritty. It comes across as some very disinterested actors earning a quick buck, in something that they don't truly believe in.


116 of 179 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 285 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed