According to Variety, the television network FOX has picked up Black Lightning for pilot, as previously reported, the series was in the works and being shopped around to networks. Salim Brock Akil and Mara Brock Akil will write the pilot episode as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will serve as executive producers.
FOX has had great success as of late with DC shows, with Gotham and Lucifer, so it’s comes as no surprise that the recently announced Black Lightning series would be picked up by them.
Black Lightning is significant as he was DC Comics first African-American superhero, he was created in 1977 by Writer Tony Isabella and Artist Trevor Von Eeden and first appeared in Black Lightning #1 in April of 1977.
The television series description goes as follow:
In the potential series, Jefferson Pierce has 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 show is based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
No casting has been announced, nor has any time frame as to when the series will air. If this series is picked up it will be the first DC Comics African-American led television series and being the only Greg Berlanti series to not be on The CW after Supergirl was recently brought over to the network from CBS.
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