Black Lightning has been a DC Comics favorite since the 70s, and his legacy is probably a bit more complicated than you think or remember. Here’s a quick guide to what we should look out for as the show continues to develop.
In September, Fox officially announced its deal with Greg Berlanti to create a pilot for Black Lightning, written by Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schecter.
And just yesterday, we received more word from Berlanti on the project, citing that he doesn’t think Black Lightning will cross over with popular Arrowverse shows like Arrow and Flash. We’ve heard this before, of course, when CBS handled Supergirl and was similarly guarded against crossing the properties over until it happened.
Regardless, details are still scant on what Black Lightning will be about and who will be cast, though Fox has released a synopsis that confirms a few things. As expected, Black Lightning’s persona will be Jefferson Pierce, same as the original comics, and he’s apparently had his metahuman powers for a long time. He’s a parent now and done with having a secret identity, but now he’s been forced “back into the fight” as the vigilante, Black Lightning, in order to keep his kids out of trouble.
This will be a one-hour drama for Fox, and it will likely work independent of Gotham, the network’s other DC Comics show. But what else should we expect from Black Lightning at this point? Here are just a few suggestions.