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Greg Berlanti’s DC Comics Superhero Drama ‘Black Lightning’ Lands CW Pilot Order

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Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Black Lighting has landed a pilot order from The CW, just a day after Fox passed on the project.

Fox opted to pass on the series as they felt it didn’t fit into their schedule, which features DC Comics’ Gotham and Lucifer; and an X-Men series in development.

Created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, Black Lightning was one of DC Comics first major black superheroes.

The hour-long drama is written by The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and husband Salim Akil. Black Lightning follows the story of Jefferson Pierce, a man who 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.

If ordered to series, Black Lightning will join the network’s stable of popular superhero dramas — Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl — all from Berlanti’s production company.

Deadline reports the series will undergo tweaking for a CW audience — likely expanding the roles of Jefferson’s daughters who are also main characters.

The Akils and Akil Productions will executive produce the series with Berlanti Productions, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Black Lightning is the sixth and final pilot order for the young skewing network, joining the Dynasty reboot, Searchers, Insatiable, Valor and Life Sentence.

Ryan White-Nobles
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