Netflix bags UK rights to Black Lightning
James R | On 14, Dec 2017
Netflix UK will be the exclusive UK home for Black Lightning, VODzilla.co can confirm.
The brand new comic book series from The CW is based on the DC Comics of the same name, following a man with the power to control electricity.
Created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the series is the latest show from The CW, following an extensive DC telly universe that includes Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Black Lightning is planned to be kept separate from that shared universe.
The show stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a principal of a New Orleans high school who hung up his suit and secret identity years ago. When a local gang, The One Hundred, start spreading crime and corruption in his community, though, Jefferson decides to become a hero once more.
Williams will be joined by China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, a politician who has become the leader of The One Hundred gang and the show’s Big Bad.
A new trailer gives us a glimpse of both in action, as Tobias reacts to the news of Black Lightning’s resurrection – although, curiously, neither hero nor villain seem particularly pleased about his return.
Now, we can confirm that Black Lightning will be released in the UK straight to Netflix, building on a relationship with The CW that has seen the streaming site become the home of such shows as Riverdale and Dynasty. Black Lightning will premiere on Tuesday 23rd January, six days after the show first airs in the US. Each of the 13 episodes will then arrive weekly, following their US broadcast. For more on what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in January, see here – or read on for a trailer for the show.
Black Lightning is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £9.99 monthly subscription. New episodes arrive weekly on Tuesdays.