Netflix UK Sets March Premiere Date For ‘Black Lightning’ Season 3

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28 Feb 20

Netflix UK Sets March Premiere Date For ‘Black Lightning’ Season 3

Black Lightning is back (finally) in the UK, as Netflix announces a March UK premiere date for Season 3 of the DC drama.

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man with many faces. He is a former Olympic athlete, respected educator and a father of two. He is also Black Lightning, superpowered protector of the fictional city of Freeland with the ability to sense and harness electricity. Jefferson is not the only one with powers and multiple faces. His oldest daughter, Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) is a medical student, health clinic volunteer and dedicated social activist. She is also the superhero known as Thunder who possesses the ability to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Finally, Jefferson’s youngest daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father’s athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited superpowers. Her body generates pure electrical energy and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson and is known as Lightning. Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams) is Jefferson’s ex-wife but they are still very much in love in addition to sharing the load as co-parents. She’s also an expert in metahuman medicine.

Together, the Pierce family faces the challenges of a declined urban community, including a menacing gang that calls itself The 100 and infamous gangster, Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III). Worse, Freeland has been plagued by government-sponsored experiments and drug trafficking that have created metahumans and addicts while making Freeland a target of a dangerous foreign power, Markovia. Fortunately, the family has allies in their fight, Jefferson’s surrogate father and a former covert superspy, Peter Gambi (James Remar), as well as Jefferson’s friend and neighbour, the committed and scrupulously honest Deputy Police Chief Henderson (Damon Gupton).

Whilst Netflix had aired the previous two season of ‘Black Lightning’ close to the US, a lot of the deals with WarnerMedia/Warner Bros, who control the rights to The CW shows, had to be renegotiated this year. Whilst some, such as ‘Riverdale’, managed to retain their next day broadcast on Netflix, others, such as ‘Black Lightning’ and ‘Dynasty’ where shifting to landing as boxsets once the US had finished its run. Why?.. We have no idea… although it is presumably to do with cost.

I understand Netflix’s desire to keep the cost down, so you can’t really blame them, but it does seem like a stupid decision by WB, as all this does is encourage piracy, which helps no one. But then they are the people that decided to sell ‘Batwoman’ to E4 rather than Sky, ruining the crossover for UK fans – and no, before you ask, we don’t yet have return dates for the rest of the Arrowverse. We will let you know when we hear something.

Black Lightning‘ Season 3 premieres Thursday, 26th March 2020 on Netflix UK.