'Black Lightning' Will Become The CW's Next Superhero Show

Friday, 03 February 2017 - 9:53PM
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Friday, 03 February 2017 - 9:53PM
'Black Lightning' Will Become The CW's Next Superhero Show
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News had broken yesterday that Fox had dropped a planned pilot for DC superhero Black Lightning, with rumors that it was shifting over to the CW. Turns out, as Variety reports, that's exactly what happened: the network has picked up Black Lightning to presumably join the network's "Arrowverse."

That makes this the fifth superhero show to join the CW, which has seen some major successes with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Once ready, the pilot still has to be greenlit to become a full series, but between the network's four hit shows and its animated digital series, Vixen and the upcoming Constantine (all of which are interconnected in a shared universe), there's no sign that they don't want more DC.

Black Lightning is one of DC's most prominent black superheroes, and one of their first (he was created in 1977, a few years after Green Lantern introduced John Stewart). The show appears to be set sometime after Olympic athlete Jefferson Pierce got his electrical powers, if the official synopsis is any indication:
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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.
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The pilot was (and is still) produced by Greg Berlanti and writers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. Berlanti notably produces all of the other CW superhero shows, including Supergirl before it moved to the network from CBS. So while there's no official statement from Fox for why they dropped the pilot, there's a great many reasons why it makes sense for CW to be eyeing it.

If the series gets the go-ahead for a full season, which it hopefully will, Black Lightning could be starting production very soon.
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