The CW is ordering their adaptation of DC Comics‘ Black Lightning to full series, Variety is reporting. The new series would join the CW’s franchise of series starring DC Comics superheroes, joining “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.”
Black Lightning tells the story of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) an electrically powered former super-hero now working as a teacher. Pierce is called back into his former life to help guide his daughter and battle local criminals. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (producer of the “Arrowverse” series, along with recent hit “Riverdale,” and who first gained attention as a writer on “Dawson’s Creek”). Berlanti has partnered with series creators Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, who will act as show runners on Black Lightning. Williams heads the cast, which also includes Christine Adams, Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain.
Created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eden, Black Lightning was among the first African-American super-heroes as DC Comics. Though he always struggled to maintain his own title over the years, he has remained a fan favorite, and was a key member of the cast of the popular “Batman and the Outsiders” title. Pierce also continued to play a key role in the DC Comics Universe, acting as US Secretary of Education for a time and joining the Justice League.
While it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed that Black Lightning is part of the Arrowverse of shows, it’s hard to imagine that not being the case, given the success CW has enjoyed creating a small-screen version of the interconnected property model. If past performance is any judge, Black Lightning will likely enjoy the same success as the other series, all of which have been renewed for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. The series already has an age that differentiates itself from those other shows, namely with its focus being on an African-American super-hero.
Black Lightning will make its debut on the CW sometime in the upcoming season.