Black Lightning of DC Comics may be joining televised superheroes like The Flash and Supergirl on The CW network. The first pilot for Black Lightning was produced for Fox, but the network passed. The CW, with an already hefty lineup consisting of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash, has picked up the pilot.
The first pilot was produced by Greg Berlanti, who has co-created all of the DC World series previously listed; he will also produce The CW’s pilot. Alongside Berlanti, Mara Brock Akil, creator of Girlfriends, The Game and Being Mary Jane will write the pilot with her husband, Salim Akil. Black Lightning is the first pilot-produced show from the Akils’ overall production deal with Warner Bros. television.
Black Lightning is a DC legend named Jefferson Pierce who, as his name hints at, can generate lightning bolts from a force-field belt. He used his abilities to stop crime from local gangs in Metropolis’ Suicide Slums. Later he becomes a high-school teacher and abandons his secret identity for a more subtle life. In the pilot, he can no longer leave Black Lightning behind while gangs target one of his daughters who is passionate about social justice and improving her community.
Black Lightning’s decline from Fox may seem like a foreseer of another pass, but other CW shows, like Supergirl, were transmitted from another network. If this pilot is picked up by The CW, it would be the networks first show with a Black superhero main character, similar to Luke Cage on Netflix. It would also be broadcast television’s first show with a Black superhero lead.
Image courtesy of DC Comics
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