Greg Berlanti’s latest superhero project at The CW is Black Lightning. It’s the mega-producer’s sixth DC series at the network, following Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow. A pilot episode is going into production soon, from a script by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil.
Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and Hart Of Dixie alum Cress Williams will star in the pilot episode as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, a retired superhero who gets drawn out of said retirement to protect a younger generation.
Today, we have the first image to share…
“I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives,” said the show’s head writer Salim Akil in a statement.
“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking… ‘Black Lightning’ will be that hope,” he added. “And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own superheroes.”
That lovely costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon.
This looks set to be the first DC TV series with an all-African-American core cast, which is fitting considering that Black Lightning was one of DC Comics’ first black superheroes when he arrived on the scene in 1977. Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden created the character.
According to Variety, if the pilot is successful and a full season goes ahead, “the shows would be staggered throughout the year, rather than scheduling five separate nights of superhero programming.”
More news as we hear it.