Today the CW officially unveiled their latest DC super hero TV Show, Black Lightning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LAUGA01mUc
If you go to the video you'll see in the comments a lot of people are asking "why not Static Shock?" Firstly he's just called Static. Static Shock was the name of the show. Secondly, how many more young super heroes do we need on The CW? Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl? Do we need another young origin story super hero? I'm saying no. I'm not saying Static Shock wouldn't be cool (let's face it, he'll appear by Season 2) .
Black Lightning brings a completely different feel to the super hero tv show. He's a parent, he's a teacher, he's dealing with small time crime. This is the CW's Luke Cage. This isn't a show about fighting aliens, fighting super villains and traveling through time. It's about a father and a teacher seeing his town go to shit. It has more in common with The Dark Knight Returns than it does with Static. It's also not an origin story, I'm tired of those. But a rebirth? A comeback? Who doesn't love a comback!
Framing this show around a father figure who brings up a new generation of heroes was very smart. We don't have that on TV right now.
I'll be hosting a discord viewing party for this show. Pacific Time as it airs. If you'd like to join comment below!