“Black Lightning,” one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes, is one step closer to hitting the screen.
Fox has given a pilot production order to “Black Lightning,” which comes from mega producer Greg Berlanti’s production shingle, as well as Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (“The Game,” “Being Mary Jane”).
The Akils will serve as executive producers and writers on the one-hour drama, while Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also executive produce.
Here’s Fox’s logline: “Jefferson Pierce 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.”
Tony Isabella created the character of “Black Lightning’ with artist Trevor Von Eeden in 1977. The character first appeared in the comic “Black Lightning #1.”
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Warner Bros. TV has been developing “Black Lightning” for some time. To get it right, the studio turned to its DC adaptation king, Berlanti, who oversees “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” He’s also handling The CW’s “Riverdale,” a new interpretation of the Archie comics.
Fox already airs the DC TV series “Gotham” and “Lucifer,” from Warner Bros. TV.