Black superhero shows are virtually non-existent, especially on weekly television. The only show that comes close to this is Marvel’s Luke Cage that streams on Netflix. The United States is more diversified than it has ever been, so there is a need for our heroes on television to showcase this. We have seen an increase in minority characters in supporting roles and, while that is a plus, the world could use a headliner. Diversity in the superhero genre will only increase love for the genre overall.
2) Black Lightning’s POWER:
This character is very different from a Luke Cage who is basically a just a strong man, which isn’t the most visually appealing super power. Black Lightning on the other hands has the ability create and control lightning, a power that could prove to be very interesting for a television show. He is also a olympic-level athlete so audiences can expect the action sequences in the show to be fast moving and appealing.
1) Street-Level Justice:
Marvel has had incredible success on Netflix creating stories surrounding the “street-level” superhero and now DC can capitalize on this as well. It is something interesting about heroes dealing with gritty and down to Earth issues that are more relatable to audiences. It is wise to leave the aliens and time travel to the other DC shows and movies. The show Arrow has been successful following a similar format.