‘Black Lightning’ TV Show Gets a Full Season Order from The CW
When the Black Lightning pilot was first announced, we were thrilled. Jefferson Pierce is just an ordinary guy living a normal life with his family until pressing situations involving his children force him to don the uniform once more - everyone loves a classic coming-out-of-retirement story.
So it's great news to hear that the CW has given the go to shoot a full series, and Black Lightning will be joining the network's interconnected roster of DC superhero shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. While the pilot hasn't been completed yet, Cress Williams has been cast in the lead role. Williams has played a charming southern mayor on Hart of Dixie and a trained assassin on Prison Break, so he's definitely got some versatility.
Greg Berlanti, the man behind every other CW superhero show and also Riverdale, will be producing the series alongside Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil. The official synopsis suggests the superhero deals with same work/life balancing act we all do:
The full series order is also good news because the CW's DC universe could also use some more diversity, since the protagonists of their other title shows are mostly white (see: Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl). The only other black superhero the CW has in a starring role is their short web series Vixen, and she's only appeared sparingly in the live-action shows.
Black Lightning was one of the first black superheroes, and definitely one of DC's most well-known. He was created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eden and first appeared in Black Lightning #1, with the power to procure electricity and give enemies quite the shock (pun intended).
Black Lightning should be making waves this fall on the CW.