Move over Arrow, Supergirl and Flash -- another DC Comics superhero is making his way to the small screen. It was originally reported back in September 2016 that a TV series starring DC's Black Lightning was in development with Arrow-verse producer Greg Berlanti behind the production. Now, the project has an entry on My Entertainment World. The listing says the "Black Lightning" pilot episode is scheduled to film in March in New Orleans. Black Lightning's filming schedule has not been confirmed by Fox.
After being announced in September, the "Black Lightning" project landed at Fox with a pilot order. "The Game’s” Salim and Mara Brock Aki are also attached as producers, along with Berlanti. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Akil Productions and Berlanti Productions, the pilot is being written by Akils, who are also executive producing, alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
Despite sharing a producer in Berlanti, Fox's "Black Lightning" won't cross over with the Arrow-verse shows airing on the CW. Berlanti said in January that if "Black Lightning" exists, he doubts the character will team up with any other heroes. “I don’t think so,” Berlanti said. “If we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.”
The series will reportedly focus 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.”
Black Lightning was created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. The hero was DC Comics’ first major African-American superhero and has served as a member of Batman’s Outsiders and the Justice League.