For months now, producer Greg Berlanti has been working on a new superhero pilot for FOX, based on the DC superhero Black Lightning. Even though Berlanti also produces Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the fact that the new show was developed for FOX meant that it would not take place in the same universe as the other shows. Now that has all changed — FOX has passed on the Black Lightning pilot, and The CW has officially picked it up.
EW reports The CW has ordered a pilot for the new show. In addition to Berlanti, Black Lightning is being developed and produced by Mara Brock Akil, the creator of The Game and BET’s Being Mary Jane, and her husband, Salim Akil.
Black Lightning was one of the first African-American superheroes in the DC universe, first appearing in 1977. Originally, the character had no superpowers; he used a special belt to create electrical bolts. The current version of Black Lightning is a metahuman with the ability to create lightning from his own bio-electric fields.
Here’s the logline for the new show:
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.
To Integrate or Not to Integrate
Just last month, Berlanti told CBR Black Lightning was unlikely to cross over with his other DC superhero shows. “I don’t think so,” he said. “If we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.”
Of course, with the show now in development at The CW, it’s a whole new ballgame. Black Lightning hails from the same universe as The Flash, Supergirl, and Green Arrow in the comics, so it only makes sense for the show to be integrated into the same universe onscreen.
This is all breaking news, so there’s no confirmation on whether Black Lightning will join the Arrowverse just yet, but stay tuned for the latest.
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