DC Comics might soon be giving its current television lineup a little spark.
Executive producer behind the slate of DC Comics shows on The CW, Greg Berlanti is said to be developing a series based around Black Lightning with Mara Brock Akil, creator of BET’s The Game and Being Mary Jane, and her husband, Salim Akil, which Sarah Schechter producing the show as well.
Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden back in 1977 and was one of the first major African-American superheroes for DC Comics then when he debuted in his own self-titled book. Black Lightning himself is able to manipulate and generate his own electricity thanks to his Metahuman gene. He also has limited flight and can generate a force field too.
The synopsis for the series reads as the following:
“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.”
From the sounds of it they certainly aren’t straying too far from the character and comics considering what a big factor Pierce’s daughters are to him as a character and who also happen to be superheroes themselves. Jefferson’s daughters are Anissa/Thunder and Jennifer/Lightning who are respective members of the Outsiders and Justice Society of America.
Not so clear is if Jefferson will keep his day job of being the Garfield High School’s principal in the Southside of Metropolis, the home of one Superman himself.
Right now the show is being shipped around to try and find a home, but word is that the series has been in development for a year at Warner Bros. TV.
Of course should the show get picked up it would be DC’s balance to Marvel’s upcoming Luke Cage show in having a superhero television series with an African-American lead. Though this wouldn’t be Black Lightning’s first time on TV itself, having made multiple appearances on Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as a couple of DC Nation shorts that also starred his daughters. This show would mark his first live action appearance.
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