A pilot starring the DC Comics hero Black Lightning is reportedly moving forward at Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a pilot centered around Black Lightning, developed by “The Flash” producer Greg Berlanti, and “The Game’s” Salim and Mara Brock Aki. The series is envisioned as an hourlong drama.
Created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning was DC Comics’ first major African-American superhero. Known as a longstanding member of Batman’s Outsiders, Black Lightning went on to be a key member of the “Justice League,” particularly under the mid-’00s relaunch by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes.
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.”
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.
Fox, of course, is no stranger to DC Comics adaptations these days. The network currently airs the Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon-centric “Gotham,” in addition the the Vertigo Comics-based series “Lucifer.”
Stay tuned to CBR News as we learn more about the devlopment of Fox’s “Black Lightning.”
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