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'Black Lightning' delivers a jolt of reality to CW's superhero lineup

'Black Lightning' delivers a jolt of reality to CW's superhero lineup

The new year isn’t even a month old, and a new superhero is charging onto the scene, smashing into the jam-packed universe already occupied by Superman, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman and a seemingly endless parade of costumed crime fighters.

But the producers of “Black Lightning,” the new CW series based on the DC Comics character launching Jan. 16, have a broader agenda than creating another fantastic world where good battles evil.

The drama, which joins the network’s superhero slate — “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”— aims to deliver a shock wave, injecting topical issues and a sharp cultural perspective focused on the concerns facing African...

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