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Black Lightning is a DC superhero that’s just recently been brought to the CW as a new addition and possibly to muster more support for the DCEU as it’s been kind of on the ropes in terms of just how popular it’s been compared to the MCU as of late. A few truths about Black Lightning that have surfaced along with the character serve to give a better idea as to who he is and what he believes in, as well as what he stands for. He can’t be called the first black superhero since that title went to the Black Panther in 1966, but he’s just as important in many ways.
Here are a few other things about the hero you might not have known.
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5. He’s DC’s first black superhero.
He debuted in 1977, about eleven years after the Black Panther came out. This could have been DC’s answer to Marvel but whether it was or not it began the diversification process that would eventually create a much broader swath of heroes and villains within the DC universe. At one point his kids would join him in crime-fighting and so would another young black hero that had powers similar to his own.
4. Originally he didn’t have any superpowers.
Originally it was decided that Black Lightning would make use of various tools and devices that would grant him the powers he used, but he wouldn’t have any supernatural abilities of his own. However saner heads prevailed and decided that in order to be on par with the other heroes...
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