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.
A pilot episode was produced earlier in the year, from a script by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. And it sounds like The CW liked what they saw: the network as officially ordered a full season of the show.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, as well as revealing the intriguing detail that Black Lightning will premiere in the midseason, rather than kicking off in October with the rest of the DC shows.
Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and Hart Of Dixie alum Cress Williams will star as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, a retired superhero that gets drawn back into action to protect a younger generation.
This image of Williams was released while the pilot was being made…
“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.
More news as we hear it.