Black Lightning Series at Fox

Black Lightning Series From DC Comics and Greg Berlanti Lands at Fox

Fox is looking to make Black Lightning strike. The network has greenlit a pilot for a one-hour drama series from Greg Berlanti centered on the DC Comics’ vigilante, TVLine has learned.

The project, news of which leaked last week, is being written by Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil and both serve as EPs alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Here’s the official logline: “Jefferson Pierce made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but 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’s previous small-screen appearances have primarily come in animated form, including on Cartoon Network’s short-lived Young Justice.

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  1. matters says:

    Black Lightning Matters!!

  2. Rahajicho says:

    Any chance it’ll be set in the same world as Gotham?

    • ComeOn says:

      Gotham’s showrunners insist the show is set in unspecified yesteryear, but definitely not now, hence they never worry about which universe they are in and whether they are part of the Berlanti/CW universe. And since those same showrunners don’t even like to think they are a superhero show it’s unlikely they will volunteer to be in the same universe with Black Lightning until Fox demands it, hahaha.

  3. Jonnyfaceoff says:

    Fox, canceled after 6 episodes.

  4. Sold, god my DVR is going to hate me

  5. “A star student being recruited by a local gang?”

    Does this mean Virigil Hawkins aka Static?

  6. Ross says:

    But will it be part of the DCTV universe set up by the shows on the CW or not? I mean there’s only so many separate universes we can have…

  7. Rob says:

    Ugh why cant Morris Chestnut be available to do this show?!? Damn you, Rosewood.

    • Niko says:

      Boris Kodjoe would probably be a decent alternative, he’s tall, black, multilingual and would probably look good in the Black Lightning suit.

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Glad the show found a home on Fox! Can’t wait to see the show and see the actor they will cast to play Black Lightning!

  9. William says:

    Cast David Boreanaz as Black Lightning and it might be a hit.

    • Jane says:

      Black Lightening is African American in the comics so I don’t think he would fit the part.

      • Gregory House. says:


      • DJ Doena says:

        “Black Lightening is African American in the comics so I don’t think he would fit the part.”

        That never seems to matter when it’s the other way around: black Spider-Man, female Thor, …

        • Terry says:

          Those are different incarnations tho. Like it said they’re going the Jefferson route.

        • Tatharnio says:

          Of course, the character’s name is BLACK Lightning. The race is sort of implied in the name. It’s not like the other two were White Spider, or Thor Man. Also, Miles Morales and Jane Foster are not Peter Parker and Thor Odinson. They are different characters that are wearing the mantle of the established heroes.

          • lrdslvrhnd says:

            The race is sort of implied in the name, just like the African-American Black Canary, Black Bolt, and Black Cat; the obviously Martian Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Green Hornet, and Green Goblin; Yellowjacket (Hank Pym must be Chinese!), White Tiger, Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross is Native-American, clearly!)…

          • jazzyt2u says:

            I’m pretty sure the character will be black based on the writers they hired. Not that black writers can write for any race they have made a name for themselves writing and or creating successful black shows.

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  11. Dude says:

    I saw Mara Brock Akil speak at a conference and she has a better understanding of television and story than anyone I’ve ever encountered. I have faith in their talent that this will be worth watching.

  12. MattySi says:

    The last time Berlanti tried a superhero show on another network, it didn’t work…

  13. Elf says:

    Yeah, why Fox and not the CW? I think the CW still has a few free non-DC timeslots left.

  14. Jim says:

    Black Lightning is a garbage character. Granted DC doesn’t have any other black superheroes they could try to use (assuming Steel is reserved for Supergirl). But man, Black Lightning is bad. Nobody, and I mean nobody, likes the guy. Every now and then DC tries to push him because of their hilarious diversity imbalance but it doesn’t work and he fades away again because there’s just nothing there. He’s paper thin. I won’t be surprised if this one either tanks or uses absolutely NOTHING from the comics other than his name. Actually, that would be best.

    • DJ Doena says:

      Not a big comic book reader, but I always liked Cyborg’s representation on Smallville.

      But maybe the problem with him is that a female, blond hacker-sidekick (Chloe, Felicity) would be rather pointless with him…

  15. AnonTVAddict says:

    They’ll get a full season order at Fox, then they’ll cancel it and then it’ll move over to The CW, where according to CW Prez Mark Pedowitz “it’s now at home where it belongs.”

  16. steven says:

    At this point, Greg Berlanti may have more shows on the air than Shonda Rhimes or Ryan Murphy..

  17. Joshboss503 says:

    I really hope Virgil Hawkins aka Static Shock is the “star student”.

  18. I’ll probably check it out, by I won’t allow myself to get too into it, since FOX isn’t too good when it comes to Scifi/fantasy type shows! Gotham is one of the few shows in those genres that they allowed to live past their 1st season! Though to be fair, neither is the other major networks! The CW is the only one where shows like that seem safe!

  19. DJ Doena says:

    And next year it’s on The CW