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DC's Black Lightning TV Show Lands at Fox

By Brian Gallagher — September 8th, 2016

Just days after we reported that Arrow producer Greg Berlanti and The Game creator Mara Brock Akil are teaming up for a Black Lightning series, the show has found a home at Fox. The network has handed out a pilot production commitment for the series, with the pilot being written by Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil. The writers will serve as executive producers of this new DC Comics series, alongside Greg Berlanti.

The series will center on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. However, 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. Deadline reports that Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil will executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions partner Sarah Schechter.

Black Lightning was one of DC Comics' first major African-American superheroes, making his debut in 1977. In the comics, Jefferson has two daughters, both of whom become heroes in their own right. Anissa Pierce becomes known as Thunder, who eventually joins a superhero group known as The Outsiders, while Jennifer Pierce becomes Lightning, who is recruited by the Justice Society of America. It isn't known if either of these characters will be featured in the TV series.

The initial report revealed that Warner Bros. Television had been working on this project for well over a year, with various different incarnations being developed before it was ready to be shopped to networks. If Black Lightning does go to series, it will join The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and iZombie, along with Fox's Gotham and Lucifer as part of DC's TV slate. Greg Berlanti produces all of The CW superhero shows, along with the upcoming Riverdale and NBC's Blindspot.

If Black Lightning, does move forward at Fox, it would be interesting to see if the network explores any crossover possibilities with Gotham and Lucifer. As of now, those two shows aren't connected in the same universe, but then again, Greg Berlanti managed to pull off a crossover between Supergirl, which was then on CBS, and The CW's The Flash, before Supergirl was brought over from CBS to The CW. Greg Berlanti is also orchestrating a four-part crossover for all of his CW shows, along with a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash this season.

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