A live-action Black Lightning superhero TV series is in the works. Greg Berlanti has partnered with the husband-and-wife dynamic duo of Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane) to bring DC Comics’ African-American superhero to the small screen.
According to Deadline, the project from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions is currently being pitched to various networks and is written by the Akils. They will executive-produce the drama series along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Prods.
Here's a description of the series as per Deadline:
Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He 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.
The character created by Tony Isabella (who had written for Marvel's Luke Cage comic) and artist Trevor Von Eeden debuted in Black Lightning #1 back in April 1977. He was one of the first major black superheroes to appear in the pages of DC Comics. In the comic books, Jefferson Pierce had two daughters that followed in their father’s heroic footsteps: Anissa Pierce, aka Thunder, a member of the Outsiders, and Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning, who was recruited by the Justice Society of America.
A Black Lightning TV series has apparently been in the works for more than a year now, going through various incarnations as Warner Bros. TV wanted to make sure to get it right. That and the fact that it's written by the Akils, and that Greg Berlanti is the guy behind all those awesome DC superhero series on The CW: Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, fills me with hope that Black Lightning will be done right.
What do you think about the news that a Black Lightning series is in the works? Who would you like to see in the role of Jefferson Pierce?