As first reported by The Wrap, Fox has agreed to commit to a pilot for Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of DC’s Black Lightning. Mind you, a pilot doesn’t guarantee that the show will be picked up. However, the speed in which Fox snapped up the property after it was announced last week that the Flash producer was going to adapt Black Lightning for the small screen.
This adaptation is important because it focuses on one of DC Comic’s first African-American superheroes. Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Vod Eeden and introduced in 1977. Black Lightning was a metahuman in the comics, developing electricity related powers that he had learned in his youth to try to suppress. Eventually, he convinced himself to use his powers to try to help out his community.
The official synopsis for the show is as follows:
In the potential series, Jefferson Pierce has 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.
via The Wrap
This is not Berlanti’s first rodeo when it comes to adapting DC properties. Berlanti is also the executive producer of four DC comic book adaptation series: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. All of these shows can be found on The CW.
It’ll be interesting to see how the pilot does. If the pilot does well, perhaps we can start contemplating about Black Lightning/Gotham crossovers since both shows will be on Fox. Until then, let’s wait and see what happens.
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