DC Comics drama Black Lightning lands a pilot order at The CW

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Feb 3, 2017

Last fall, Fox committed to development on Black Lightning, a DC Comics-based series about one of the publisher's first African-American superheroes. At the time, it represented a chance for the network to join in the superhero fun with two DC-inspired series -- Gotham and Lucifer -- already on the air.

In the end, Fox decided they wouldn't order a pilot, but the show was saved by a network that already has plenty of superhero experience: The CW.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered a pilot for the series from writing team Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and executive producer Greg Berlanti, who's had a hand in all four of The CW's other superhero series. The drama will follow Jefferson Pierce (the same Black Lightning created all the way back in 1977), who's been retired from superheroics for a while until personal and professional issues (including a student being recruited by gangs, which suggests the series will retain the character's teaching background) motivate him to take up the Black Lightning mantle once again.

Black Lightning would add some welcome superhero diversity to broadcast TV if it gets a series order, and it would also join a packed CW superhero lineup that already includes The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, all of which have been renewed for the 2017-2018 season. The CW wasn't expecting to add any more DC Comics shows to the roster this pilot season, but they also weren't expecting to take Supergirl over from CBS, and here we are.

There's no word yet on whether Black Lighning will join the Arrowverse, but I think at the very least we can expect some kind of connection.

What do you think? Ae you ready for a Black Lightning series?