Greg Berlanti’s latest superhero project at The CW is Black Lightning. It’s the mega-producer’s fifth DC series at the network, following Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow.
The show will follow Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, a former superhero – with electical abilities – who is drawn out of retirement when a younger generation is put in danger.
The showrunners are Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the former of whom has now expressed an interest in adding another DC hero to the mix.
He’s keen on bringing in Static, who is established in the comics as a teen fan of Black Lightning who gains similar powers.
“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way,” Akil told CBR recently. “So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.”
Static previously appeared in 50+ episodes of the Static Shock animated series, which ended its run in 2004. Jaden Smith is regularly linked to a live-action take on the role.
To this writer, adding Static to Black Lightning’s show sounds like a surefire way to garner hype for a second season, should one be ordered, after the mythos and the main players are introduced in season 1.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more on this one.
Black Lightning release date
The first season of Black Lightning is set to debut in the midseason break of the other DC shows’ next runs. We’d expect a January 2018 release date, then, or something along those lines. We’ll let you know when an exact date is confirmed.
More as we hear it. We’ve also got a trailer, poster and synopsis on page 2 of this article…