– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Black Lightning is a show that has a bit of a rocky past. When its existence was first rumored, it was a series being pitched over at Fox by Greg Berlanti, the man behind such hit CW shows as The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. It seemed like it could have a promising future over at the network, but Fox ended up passing on the project. For fans of Berlanti, this actually seemed like good news. Given the number of shows he had on the CW, it seemed like a wasted opportunity NOT to have his next offering end up on the same network. After all, Supergirl started its run at CBS, and after a single season, it eventually made its way over to the CW. It’d be much faster for Black Lightning to actually start at the CW.

But would Black Lightning actually get a pilot order? It seems promising. THR recently reported on 10 series likely to get a pilot order, and on that list was Black Lightning. According to the outlet, show co-creators Salim and mara Brock Akil produced a short pilot presentation for the CW, and that it resulted in the series being eyed for a midseason run. 

This means that, should this go through, Black Lightning will premiere in January of 2018, and would be the fifth Greg Berlanti show (they’d have a show for every day of the week!), and the seventh comic book adaptation for the CW (which also features Riverdale and iZombie).

Black Lightning isn’t the only series considered being picked up by Greg Berlanti. According to the outlet, depending on whether or not the network decides to cancel bubble shows like iZombie or The Originals, a show called Searchers from Berlanti may also be in consideration to get picked up. Of course, given how little we know regarding said bubble shows, there’s a chance that won’t happen.

In fact, in true Hollywood form, I urge you all not to bank too much on Black Lightning until it gets an official order. In the business, nothing is set in stone until it’s set in stone, and even then you never know.

What do you think? Would you be excited to see a Black Lightning show? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.