Fox has landed its first Black superhero in the form of ‘Black Lightning’ and it is all thanks to Greg Berlanti.
Fox has given a pilot production commitment to ‘Black Lightning’, the black superhero drama from prolific superhero series producer Greg Berlanti, and The Game’s Salim and Mara Brock Akil.
One of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes, Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden and debuted in 1977. The hourlong drama will center on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. However, 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.
The Akil’s are to write and executive produce alongside Berlanti and his producing partner Sarah Schechter. Their respective banners, Akil Productions and Berlanti Productions, will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Should this latest superhero drama get picked up as a series. It would be the first regular superhero drama that centres on a Black hero in the lead. Netflix, of course, has Marvel drama ‘Luke Cage’ premiering at the end of the month. But ‘Black Lightning’ would be the first African American Superhero to feature front and centre on American Network Television.
For Fox, ‘Black Lightning’ could potentially join the network’s DC Comics-inspired drama, ‘Gotham’, which centres on a young Bruce Wayne and features other characters from the Batman comics including Catwoman, Penguin and Poison Ivy.
Berlanti is no stranger to the superhero genre. He also exec produces ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘Supergirl’, which all now air on The CW.
(Via Hollywood Reporter)