On April Fool’s Day, there was a Facebook gag on the social media site that said that the CW had cancelled all their series except the superhero ones and it was going to reband itself on the basis of being all-superheroes, all the time. It was a joke, but maybe now not too far from the truth. Following up on the CW picking up the pilot for Black Lightning after it was cast off at Fox, the network has officially announced that the series will be a part of its 2017-2018 line-up joining Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. So DCTV five nights a week, then?
Variety had the news that the Greg Berlanti-produced drama will be joining the CW line-up next season, which will mark the first superhero drama on the CW led by an African-American actor. Cress Williams will play Jefferson Pierce, AKA: Black Lightning, a meta-human with electricity super-powers that hung up his cape and cowl years earlier, but finds himself pressed back into service. “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,” reads the plot description.
Mara Brock Akil of the short-lived but critically-acclaimed Fox series South Central, as well as sitcom hits Moesha, Girlfriends and The Game, will be a showrunner on Black Lightning alongside her spouse and writing partner Salim Akil, who also directed the pilot for the superhero show. Whether or not Black Lightning will take place in the Arrow-verse with the other CW superhero shows is still a question mark. As the project was in development at Fox, it was intended to be a standalone series in its own universe, but now that it’s on the CW can the network ignore the chance to put Black Lightning on the same world as Supergirl, or on the same Earth as Green Arrow, Flash and the rest? We shall see.
We’ll also have to see where and when Black Lightning will fall on the CW schedule. We’ll learn the details of that next week when all of America’s broadcast networks announce their schedules at the TV upfronts. The CW will announce a week from today. Stay tuned…