After finding success with the likes of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” producer Greg Berlanti is setting his sights on another DC Comics superhero.
Deadline reports Berlanti is partnering with Mara Brock Akil (“The Game,” “Being Mary Jane”) and her husband Salim Akil to develop “Black Lightning,” a Warner Bros. Television drama inspired by the classic superhero created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden.
Written by the Akils, the series will center on teacher Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero who’s pulled back into action as Black Lightning by a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student who’s being recruited by a local gang.
According to the website, the project has been in development at Warner Bros. Television for more than a year. It’s now being shopped to networks.
In the comics, Pierce is an Olympic gold medalist who returns home to Metropolis to work as a high school principal, and is spurred into action as a vigilante by the murder of one of his students.
A former member of the Outsiders and the Justice League of America, Black Lightning has appeared in animated form on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” and “Young Justice: Invasion,” and with his super-powered daughters in the DC Nation shorts “Thunder and Lightning.”
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