Fox Passes on Black Lightning, Move to CW Likely


The CW's superhero line-up may grow even larger. According to Deadline, "Black Lightning", which was originally set up at Fox, is nearly set to join mega-producer Greg Berlanti's other DC properties over on the CW.

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The series was originally ordered to pilot at Fox last year with a pilot production commitment from the network, but was ultimately passed over as it was believed the show just wasn't a good fit. That pilot was written by husband-and-wife duo of Akil and Brock Akil, who have worked on shows such as "The Game" and "Being Mary Jane." The duo was also set to serve as the showrunners had the series received a pickup by Fox -- and it appears as that would remain the plan if the show does indeed move to the CW.

This news does come as a bit of a surprise as CW head Mark Pedowitz seemed to indicate there were no plans to introduce yet another superhero to the network's massive line-up during the TCAs. As of right now, the deal is still being worked out, but per the report, it's expected the series will at least see a pilot order from the CW.

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"Black Lightning" follows Jefferson Pierce, who has since hung up his costume and secret identity years ago, but finds himself pulled back into his former life as a vigilante following events involving both his daughter and a star student. The character, created by writer Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden, made his debut with 1977's "Black Lightning" #1.

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