Black Lightning has become a popular show for a few reasons. One, it’s a good show that develops characters that aren’t just the main characters. Most shows will focus on a few characters forgetting how important it is to develop everyone. Second, a lot of fans didn’t know who Black Lightning was. This allowed the writers to explore the lore of the character without criticism. Third, the show makes it a point to focus on black issues and the culture without beating around the bush. Luke Cage was also like this, but not to the extent that Black Lightning goes.
When the CW announced that their latest DC Comics-inspired television show would feature a relatively obscure character called Black Lighting fans were left scratching their heads. Had DC lost their minds? Are they, as the kids say, “bitting” Marvel by focusing on a street-level African American hero (see: Luke Cage)? How could a show like this ever work? Well, spoiler alert: not only does it work but Black Lightning may prove to be the best of all the CW DC comic book shows.