Greg Berlanti, the man behind all the CW DC shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) can't seem to get enough DC superhero action. According to Deadline, the creator of the Arrow-verse on TV is working with Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to create a TV show based on the DC character Black Lightning. As of this writing, it sounds like Berlanti and company are pitching the show around to networks.
The show's premise is being described as follows by Deadline:
"[Jefferson Pierce] 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."
The pilot is set to be written by the Akils.
Black Lightning is an African American character who was first introduced back in 1977, and he has ties to the Justice Society of America.
Of course, the big question in my mind is whether or not Black Lightning will join in the universe established in Arrow and The Flash. Given Berlanti's involvement, that would seem to be the natural choice. However, even Supergirl, a show that's currently on the CW along with all the others, spent some time at CBS before fully making the cross, so there's no guarantee where a show could land.
At the end of the day, it all depends on what the studios say. Since Berlanti seems to have a solid relationship with the CW, and since he already has a thriving world set in their network, it would make sense that he at least pitch to them. Whether or not the CW will accept yet another DC superhero show from him, however, is a different story altogether.
What do you think of this news? Are you familiar with Black Lightning, and are you excited to see him on the small screen? Do you think he should interact with the likes of Arrow and The Flash? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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