Greg Berlanti's DC Comics universe is about to expand on the small screen even more. His television family on the CW includes Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow. However, there is talk that another superhero will be joining the family, this time in the form of African-American superhero Black Lightning.
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According to a report from Deadline, Berlanti will team up with the husband-wife duo of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil for the new show. The Akils bring their creativity a well as the experience and knowledge of developing African-American-centric shows like Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends, and Soul Food.
The collaboration will see DC Comics' first black superhero, Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning, emerge in the live-action platform that seems to characterize the CW network. All of the CW shows fall into the DC Universe, so there are opportunities for crossovers.
The show will launch with a script from the Akils that is mostly similar to the backstory that debuted in 1977. Jefferson Pierce is a former super-powered vigilante who quit fighting crimes years ago. However, his formerly nerdy and good daughter has now joined a gang. He has to then suit up again as Black Lightning to help the slums of Metropolis and his daughter. He has to electrify the evil with his superhuman reflexes and electrokinesis.
There is no set debut or casting news yet.