Looks like the Arrowverse… um… Flarrowverse… well… the lineup of DC television shows on The CW is expanding to add yet another series! Fox has decided to pass on picking up Black Lightning, so like all the other DC shows (Except maybe for Gotham and Lucifer), it’s joining the likes of Arrow, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.
Originally, Black Lightning was scheduled to shoot its pilot for Fox Entertainment but the studio decided to pass on the series. A representative for the network stated their reason for passing was “that the superhero show was not a good fit into its already crowded genre drama space that includes the DC/WBTV series Gotham and Lucifer, Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming space dramedy, and two pilots, the X-Men-themed drama written by Matt Nix and The Passage, all from 20th TV.”
Black Lightning is being developed by Greg Berlanti (Riverdale, Arrow, and Supergirl), Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, Cougar Town, and The Game), and her husband Salim Akil (Soul Food, Sparkle, and The Game). Black Lightning was one of DC Comics’ earliest and most successful African American characters having debuted in Black Lightning #1 all the way back in April 1977. Jefferson Pierce is a retired superhero who finds himself needing to pick up the tights again when his daughter starts to fall into the influence of a local gang. Though he is reticent to return to the life of being a superhero with all the trials and tribulations that come with it, Pierce finds himself making the sacrifice necessary to once again become Black Lightning.
The official synopsis released by Berlanti productions follows:
He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent 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.
So far there aren’t any casting rumors, but Pierce’s daughters will play a major role so at least two African American women should be joining the cast at some point. This is the first superhero show to be aired on broadcast television to feature an African American superhero. The only other out at the moment is NETFLIX’s first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. As development progresses and more information is released, make sure to check back with NerdBastards for all your superhero news!