Super producer Greg Berlanti has been on a roll in the superhero world. The man has made it so that we have a DC Comics show on almost every day of the week on the CW network. We already have Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and now have Supergirl coming over from CBS this fall. With all the “Arrowverse” shows under one roof, we’re also getting crossover shows for each of those characters working together as well. Needless to say, Berlanti is now the king of network superheroes… and he’s not done yet.
Berlanti and his production team are now teaming up with Being Mary Jane and The Game creator Mara Brock Akil to possibly bring Black Lightning to the small screen. Currently, the show is being shopped around to many networks. Berlanti and his partner Sarah Schechter are developing the show while Akil and her husband Salim Aki will be producers and writers for the show.
The synopsis is as follows:
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.
Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce, is one of DC comic’s first African-American superheroes, debuting in 1977 and has been associated with the Outsiders as well as the Justice League. Black Lightning also has two daughters who followed in his footsteps and became superheroes themselves: Anissa Pierce aka Thunder and Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning. In addition to his superhero duties, Jefferson Pierce was a high school teacher, former Olympian, and even the Secretary of Education.
When he was first introduced in the 1970s, like Luke Cage, he was a stereotypical 70s Blaxploitation character. Like Luke Cage, the show will have to modernize his appearance and manner for the 21st century as well. The Alis’ shows Being Mary Jane and The Game have been on Black Entertainment Television (BET) so given their relationship with the network, if picked up Black Lightning could end up on BET. However, it would be great if this became a CW show and he could interact with all the other characters in the “Arrowverse.”