Black Superheroes on TV Every Week


DC has been killing it on the TV front lately. The shows on the CW Network aren’t Marvel Netflix level but they’re pretty good for weekly TV. I’ve noticed something over the last couple of years that I want to give them credit for. They have been pretty good about their inclusion of Black characters and not just the non-powered accessory kind. Unfortunately none of the actual title characters are Black but each of the shows does showcase a team member or individual that actual does fight evil. Here’s my list so far:

Supergirl has the Martian Manhunter who is technically green but has always been played or voiced by a Black person when on TV, animated or otherwise. This case is no exception. It has also been announced the the character Jimmy Olsen which is now played by a Black actor will soon be suiting up as the Guardian. This character has had many incarnations and only one of them has been Black but none of them have been Jimmy Olsen before.

The Flash has or will soon have Kid Flash this season. The character actually already debuted on the first episode for this season. While this is not the original Wally West to bear the name, the character does coincide with the new African American version of the character currently appearing in the Comics.


Arrow has had Spartan (John Diggle) as a member of team Arrow. The character originated on the show and migrated to the comics. To the best of my knowledge the code name hasn’t made the crossover yet. Last season the show also provided the first live-action showing of Vixen. This season will see the introduction of the costumed version of Mister Terrific. Said on-screen costume has yet to be revealed at the time of this writing.

Legends of Tommorow debuted last year and gave us Hawkgirl and Firestorm. This season they will debut a different version of Vixen as well (currently thought to be the ancestor of the version that debuted on Arrow.

We live in a world where we can see Black Superheroes at least 4 days a week. This doesn’t even included the CW’s Vixen animated web series and Marvels’ current efforts with Luke Cage. It’s a great time to be a Black Superhero Fan!

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