Black Lightning Gets Pilot Order At The CW!
UPDATE: The CW have now officially given Black Lightning a pilot order.
As we announced in September last year, DC TV supremo Greg Berlanti was developing a Black Lightning tv series for Fox. However, we are now getting reports that there maybe a change incoming, and we might see the DC superhero land on The CW instead.
According to Deadline, Fox have passed on piloting the Black Lightning series, saying they didn’t think it was a “good fit” for the network. Not wishing to let their hard work go to waste, WBTV started shopping it around to other networks, but ultimately, The CW seems like the obvious place for it. They already have the Berlanti produced Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow, so adding in a 5th show to that integrated universe would make sense.
The show comes from Berlanti Productions, and is written by a husband & wife team, Mara Brock & Salim Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane). It tells the story of Jefferson Pierce, a superhero who had managed to hang up his ‘cape’ and get out of the whole ‘heroing’ business. But with a daughter hell bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’s pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. He is an olympic level athlete & skilled martial artist, who can also generate and manipulate electricity. The comic book was developed by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, and was one of DC’s first major African-American superheroes.
This isn’t the first time Berlanti has developed a show for Fox, only to have it end up on The CW, as the same thing happened with Riverdale (currently streaming on Netflix UK), which has garnered some very positive reviews.
We’ll let you know when we hear more, but if you’re missing your superhero fix, Berlanti’s other DC shows can be found on Sky 1 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8pm.
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