A week ago, we learned that a live-action Black Lightning superhero TV series, from Greg Berlanti and the husband-and-wife duo of Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane), was in the works and being shopped around to the networks. Now we know where the lightning has struck.
According to Variety, Black Lightning has received a pilot production commitment at The CW Fox. Yes. Fox. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are executive-producing the project, and Salim and Mara Brock Akil are writing the television adaptation as well as executive-producing. The one-hour drama is being produced by Berlanti Productions, Akil Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Here’s the synopsis for the series:
Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning.
Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, debuted in his own comic book title, Black Lightning #1, in April 1977. He was created by Tony Isabella (who had previously written for the Marvel Luke Cage comic) and artist Trevor Von Eeden, and was one of the first major black superheroes to appear in the pages of DC Comics.
Black Lightning is the second superhero series in the works for Fox. The network currently has a put pilot commitment for a new X-Men TV show from Matt Nix (Burn Notice). Fox is also the home of two other comic book series based on DC Comics properties, Gotham and Lucifer.
As for Berlanti and Schechter, Black Lightning is only the latest project in a long line of superhero television series the producing duo have under their comic book belt, which include the whole of the Arrow-verse (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) over at The CW.
Since Black Lightning is now at Fox, I’m guessing the show will be a standalone and won't be part of Berlanti’s Arrow-verse — although we can’t fully rule it out since Supergirl and The Flash managed to cross over when they were on separate networks (Supergirl was on CBS before moving to The CW).
What do you guys think of Black Lightning setting up shop at Fox?