CW just might launch its latest and fifth superhero series, Black Lightning, and has made its commitment for the fulfillment and launch of a pilot. Fox had greenlighted the Greg-Berlanti-produced series a few months ago but eventually passed it up, leaving the door open for CW.
It is a logical move as CW has become the channel where superheroes are born and made. To date, it has four other series that originated from DC Comics: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Black Lightning is one of the first African-American heroes to emerge in comic book land. He controls electricity and shoots bolts from his hands. A former member of the Justice League, his alter ego Jefferson Pierce was the establishment type and, at one point in his public service career, even served under President Lex Luthor. He seldom appears in the other superhero animated series, although Static Shock, a much younger African-American superhero with similar powers, was modeled after him.
According to Variety's scoop, the show starts with Black Lightning officially retired from superherodom and Pierce enjoying his private life. But his two daughers force him to get back into the game: one is a crusading attorney butting heads with criminal elements, and the other is a prey to city gangs out on the recruitment prowl.
Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil wrorte the pilot which Berlanti will produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Brothers Television.