A few weeks back, LRM had a story where Greg Berlanti (Creator of Black Lightning and all the CW DC shows) said that it would be highly unlikely that the worlds would crossover if it even existed. One of our ace reporters here -- oh, who am I kidding, it was just me -- wrote that he did not actually say, "No." Additionally, I speculated how cool it would be to tie the Speedforce into Black Lightning's powers, and that Berlanti's phrasing makes me think that it could fail on Fox and simply end up on The CW anyways. Well, it appears that the show did not even make it to the pilot as Fox has dropped the big budget show.
Now, Deadline is reporting that CW is eyeing the show and that it will likely end up on that network, alongside of Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Originally, Warner Brothers did shop this to other networks, but ultimately it was Fox that picked up the show. Apparently, the heads of Fox did not think it would mesh well with their other comic ventures of Gotham, Lucifer, and the upcoming X-Men series. And why would it? Black Lightning has the chance to become a huge series and the sub-par entry of Gotham may be quickly forgotten. I have not yet seen Lucifer, but I hear it is "decent", so I can not fully comment on that one. Let's not forget that it would be only the second comic series where the protagonist is a minority, outside of Luke Cage. Oh yeah, and Jefferson Pierce (Black Lightning) is a badarse -- a terrible fit for Fox.
Moving to The CW can work well for a show; just take a look at their recently premiered Riverdale that was originally developed by Fox, written by Archie Comics, that has gotten top notch reviews. However, moving is not a recipe for success, as I feel this season of Supergirl has gone downhill fast. The Berlanti crew does pick up on the fan's reviews, as it changed this season of Arrow to become more like the earlier, more successful, seasons. So, I am sure they will right the Supergirl ship soon.
The biggest draw for The CW to pick up Black Lightning may not even be the superhero himself, but rather his daughters: Thunder & Lightning. I can already see the Berlanti thought process here, as he will make Pierce like Barry's adoptive father, Joe, and the girls like Wally West. Pierce will not want his daughters to follow his path and will try to intervene. The old synopsis read that he will come out of retirement to help his daughter, but one can expect much, much more airtime of the girls on The CW.
Will this be the Friday night show? I am not sure. Friday has historically been the slowest day for network shows, as this is where many people go straight from work to a bar, or out with the family for a night on the town. The last two episodes of Legends have aired the same day as Flash, and while this will change next week, perhaps it was a test run. I would not doubt that in two to three years we have eight DC shows on The CW, with two hours a night of fun Monday through Thursday.
What do you guys think? Will Black Lightning be a good fit on The CW? Will we ever see a Justice League or Batman show? Would the Thunder & Lightning storyline work well on The CW? Think about it; all Speedforce based powers!
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