'Black Lightning' season 2 will explore Freeland, the superhero's city, in surprising new ways
Despite being the only superhero show on The CW to not be a part of the Arrowverse, ‘Black Lightning’ has managed to amass a huge fan following
We are just weeks away from the return of 'Black Lightning' and if season one is anything to go by, we have a spectacular season two on the cards. The only superhero show on The CW to not be part of the Arrowverse, ‘Black Lightning’ has managed to stand alone and amass a huge fan following. A lot of that is thanks to the realistic and relatable representation of the fictional Urban American neighborhood on the show.
Freeland, the city of Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce (portrayed by Cress Williams), has a rich political and cultural background that was slowly developed over the course of season one, through various instances like Gambi’s (James Remar) confession about coming to the city on a top-secret government assignment and the revelation of 'Shadow Board' that plays the invisible, invincible God council that dictates everything that happens in the city.
Fans have loved Freeland almost as if it were a character in itself, which is why the news that season two will further explore the city in more ways gives us huge hopes regarding what is to come.
Black Lightning, a masked superhero by night and a respected leader of his community by day, is not just fighting because it’s the right thing to do. He is doing it to protect the people of his city and ultimately save the soul of Freeland. Unlike Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) who used to say his nemeses "failed the city" and The Flash aka Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who is running back and forth between the past and the future to destroy the Big Bads - demons of his own creation, Black Lightning is actually fighting crime and protecting one innocent bystander at a time.
He was born and raised on the streets and he sees success only in lifting Freeland – a city that is seemingly forgotten by the central government and only misused as a breeding ground for bio-weapons – up and saving it from its own evil. His battle, along with that of his daughter Thunder aka Anissa Pierce (played by Nafessa Williams), carries a different weight because of this, and it is also exactly why Freeland is more important to Black Lightning than Central City or Star City will ever be to The Flash or Green Arrow.
The writers seem to know the importance that fans associate with Freeland and are seemingly going to continue exploring it further in the coming season. From what we know so far about season two from Cress’ chat with IGN, we’re going to discover more of Freeland – geographically - and realize that "Freeland is bigger than we’ve shown thus far, and different parts of Freeland are like different communities."
The most important issue to address in the coming season will be the fact that ASA agents have been kidnapping the children of Freeland and keeping them comatose in pods for decades. The people of the city have discovered this, are furious that the government is behind this cruelty.
This gives every member of the Pierce family a chance to spearhead something on their turf and in their own terms and we cannot wait to watch each of them become the superheroes they were meant to be.
Catch the season two premiere of 'Black Lightning' on October 9 on The CW.