The Arrow-verse may be adding a new title superhero to the roster. With FOX officially passing on the pilot order for Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning, the potential series has found a comfortable new home at The CW.
Deadline broke the news that a network switch was in the works after FOX brass felt the show would not make a natural fit with the genre heavy line-up comprised of Gotham and Lucifer in addition to the upcoming untitles X-Men spin-off series.
The CW made for the logical and likely new home along side Berlanti’s four other DC Comics based shows Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.
Entertainment Weekly confirms today The CW has indeed picked up the pilot order.
Created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, Black Lightning is one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes. He has the ability to create and manipulate powerful electrical charges, the power of flight, produce concentrated force fields and assume an electrical form.
The official synopsis is as follows:
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.
As a FOX project, the concept was developed outside of Berlanti’s established CW TV-verse, but now seems all but certain to include cross-over crime fighting potential with Star and Central Cities’ heroes. If Black Lightning goes to series, The CW multiverse continuity will then consist of five prime time superhero shows and two animated series on The CW Seed (Vixen and Constantine).
Berlanti will executive produce the Warner Bros. Television pilot along with Akil and Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter.