A DC Comics superhero series is reportedly in the stages of production by Arrow and The Flash’ executive producer Greg Berlanti. The executive producer is teaming up with The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to develop DC superhero Black Lightning for television.
According to Deadline, who broke the news, “Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He 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 character was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eden in 1977, and was the black superhero character to feature in the DC Comics. He was one of the mostly highly rated superhero of color, and went on to become a temporary member of the Justice League.
His powers involve the generation and manipulation of lightning, which he uses to fight the crime overshadowing the streets of his beloved city, Metropolis. He is a high school principal and an Olympic athlete with two daughters who go on to follow in their father’s footsteps by becoming superheroes themselves. The series will revolve around Jefferson Pierce pulled back into the superhero life after hanging up its mantle years ago after his daughters start fighting for justice and get dragged into a local gang.
The show is being produced by Warner Bros. TV who are currently pitching the show to several networks hoping to land a deal. Most of the people want it to land on CW joining the likes of Arrow, Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow amongst other superhero shows, however, it seems unlikely that the network’s willing to pick up the show. Still, DC Comics fans will be delighted over this recent development and eager to watch the first black DC superhero on screen. Are you excited for Black Lightning? Do you think the show will be a success? Let us know about your thoughts and views by commenting in the comments section below.