CW Orders Pilot for “Black Lightning” Series From Berlanti and Akils

Yet another superhero drama was recently given the green light by the CW–but Black Lightning has a few elements other shows lack. Most obviously, the show’s lead DC Tv’s first African-American superhero Jefferson Pierce. The shows writers are black husband-and-wife duo Mara Brock and Salim Akil, according to Deadline.

Black Lightning Will Not Be Just Another Berlanti Production

Black Lightning Writers
Mara Brock and Salim Akil

Producer Greg Berlanti has his fingers in many other television pies. Most recently, he produced Riverdale, the noir/mystery/teen drama barely based on Archie Comics. Berlanti also produces SupergirlArrowThe Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Black Lightning will likely be darker than any of the other DC shows on the air.

Deadline explains the show’s plot: “[Pierce] made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent 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.”

Black Lightning is based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. The book premiered in 1977, making Pierce one of DC’s first African American heroes. No premiere date is set.

Jen Schiller
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