Critic Consensus: Black Lightning doesn't reinvent superhero TV, but it does give the genre a necessary jolt with real-world plots, scary new villains, and a star-making performance from Cress Williams.
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A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers. Based on the DC Comics series.
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The earnestness of the family-values messaging is often endearing, as expressed in fleet lines and long pauses...the violence does not rank as gratuitous because, as an action show, Black Lightning very much needs it.
It had that nice balance of being a super hero show, it was able to hit some current day issues, but it never got to the point of being too preachy.
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's refreshing to see this level of positive representation in the world of superheroes - not just for the hero himself, but for his family and the community he speaks for.
... it's already managed to distinguish itself not only from the Arrowverse (which includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl), but also from Marvel's Luke Cage, the series that's usually mentioned in the same breath.
Just when you start to think the superhero genre has squeezed every last drop of magic juice from its countless movies, TV series and spinoffs, along comes Black Lightning...
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