‘Black Lightning’ DC TV Show Being Pitched To Networks By Greg Berlanti & Co.

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It looks as if the DC Television Universe is going to be expanding even further, thanks to DC TV guru, Greg Berlanti. According to Deadline Hollywood, Berlanti, Mara Brock Akil, and Salim Akil are in the process of pitching a new show based on the hero Black Lightning to different networks with the hopes it will be picked up.

Mara Brock Akil is best known for her work on Being Mary Jane and The Game, and this time she’s bringing along her husband Salim Akil. Black Lightning is being written by both the Akil’s, and will focus the hero Jefferson Pierce. Pierce hung up both his suit and identity, 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 was first conceived in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, and is one of DC’s first major African-American super heroes. The print version of the character has two daughters, both following his path of being a superhero. Anissa Pierce (better known as Thunder) was a member of The Outsiders, and her sister Jennifer Pierce (also known as Lightning) later joined up with the Justice Society of America (who just so happens to be coming to next season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). Black Lightning will be joining Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage as the second major super hero show to feature an African-America hero.

Deadline also reports that a Black Lightning series has been a potential project for DC TV for about a year now, but the producers have taken their time getting it right.

Additional details about the show are currently unknown as this story sort of popped up out of nowhere. My first thought was… why not Static?! Maybe one day. Also, don’t forget CW Friday’s are still wide open for a superhero show. Get on it, CW! We want a full week of DC TV shows! Well, I do at least. And you all should also.

Source: Deadline

Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Yep, just another reason why THE BERLANTI-VERSE should take over the day to day running of dceu…They’re FOCUSED ON GETTIN’ IT DONE!

    • Your_Mama1

      Berlanti sucks at what he does. That’s why all of the shows he is involved in are so cheesy and don’t get any ratings.

  • Carl

    Never heard of this character. They really should do a Static Shock show instead. It would have a vastly different tone than the rest of the Berlanti shows. This feels a bit like more of the same but I’m sure they’ll do a good job.

    • SAMURAI36

      LMAO, the fact that you have never heard of Black Lightning says quite alot. As does the fact that you don’t know that there’s already a Static TV show coming.

      • Carl

        The fact that you think it’s funny that someone hasn’t heard of an obscure character that is rarely used says a lot about you.

        There hasn’t been word of the Static TV show for a long time, it’s likely not happening.

        • SAMURAI36

          The fact that you think it’s funny that someone hasn’t heard of an obscure character that is rarely used says a lot about you.

          Riiiight, so now BL is an “obscure” character…. Maybe that’s why he was a member of the Justice League for almost 5 years. And Batman’s Outsiders for several years before that. And who also had a major role in Final Crisis. And in Infinite Crisis before that.

          Not to mention being in several cartoons, from Batman: B&B, and Young Justice, and not one, but TWO DC animated films.

          Wow, that’s realllly obscure.

          I thought you said you read comics?

          There hasn’t been word of the Static TV show for a long time, it’s likely not happening.

          Man, you’re totally right. Too bad the creators of Static Shock said something totally different on Twitter recently.

          What was your point again?

          • Carl

            That you’re crazy and think everyone should be a DC super fanatic like you.

            Also, I looked and that Static TV show was talked about 2 years ago so unless that tweet said they are casting it’s probably still not happening anytime soon.

          • SAMURAI36

            Riiiight, “super fanatic”. I could see if I said someone like Baron Vunderbar, or Mantis. But BL is VERY well known. But I forgot that you’re a DC hater, so no wonder you don’t know.

            The tweet was from a couple of months ago, and had Geoff Johns’ name included. It said “Static Shock is still in development”. It showed a pic of the two main creators, holding up the script for the show. Geoff Johns “liked” the tweet.

            I wonder who is more believable: the creators of the character, and the President of DC, or some idiot DC hater on the internet.

          • SAMURAI36

            Let me go ahead and educate your ignorant self real quick:

            https://youtu.be/BBwR0ysiGkM

            And:

            https://youtu.be/HTBeljjsDD8

            Oh, and look at the views for each vid. Doesn’t look like an “obscure character” to me.

            Can’t wait to hear your dumbass excuse this time.

          • Carl

            I’m going to stop responding to all your comments with base insults now.

          • SAMURAI36

            No you won’t. I call you on your stupidity every time I respond to you. If you felt that way, you’d have put me on ignore a long time ago.

            But anything to justify your nonsense, instead of just saying “hey, you’re right”.

          • SAMURAI36

            Also, Geoff Johns and Orlando Jones both hinted last year at SDCC that Jones may very well be playing BL.

            http://comicbook.com/2015/01/07/orlando-jones-wants-to-play-black-lightning/

        • SAMURAI36

          Also, you said:

          There hasn’t been word of the Static TV show for a long time, it’s likely not happening.

          What is that logic based on? The article above clearly states:

          Deadline also reports that a Black Lightning series has been a potential project for DC TV for about a year now, but the producers have taken their time getting it right.

          So Black Lightning can take a year to create, but Static Shock can’t? Especially when Geoff Johns himself said:

          On his involvement with Milestone 2.0 and the newly announced Earth-M at DC Comics:

          I can’t say a lot except that I’m a huge fan of the characters, and Reggie [Hudlin] and Denys [Cowan] and Derek [T. Dingle] and everybody were — and Jim [Lee] — were all working on getting the characters back out there. And Reggie and Denys and I, we’re also working on “Static” the digital series right now for Warner Bros. Blue Ribbon. It’s just characters I think are amazing. When I started reading them, back then I love them, and when I started reading the stuff to look at it I fell in love with them again and I just was like, “Reggie, if you ever want me to come in and do something I’d love to. I love the characters.” And he was like, “Absolutely.” So we’re working on it right now and when the time’s right we’ll talk more about it, but it should be fun. Jim and I are gonna have a good time. We really think Milestone is an important part of the DC Universe and we believe in it and it’s gotta get back out there.

          So what’s the excuse for your nonsense now?

          • Carl

            TV shows don’t often take 2 plus years to get off the ground.

          • SAMURAI36

            Really? It took Marvel 3 years to get the Netflix shows off the ground.

            Care to try again?

          • Carl

            I said they don’t often take that long. Everyone would agree that the Netflix shows are a different case than regular network shows.

            Care to try again?

          • SAMURAI36

            Actually, I would. They just named Krypton as a show that’s taken 2 years to develop. Also, the latest X-Files show took 2+ years to develop.

            Do you need more examples? Or are you ready to recant your incorrect statement?

          • Carl

            Nope. Wikipedia says that FOX was looking into the idea of X-Files coming back in January 2015, confirmed it was making a new series in March 2015 and the new episodes premiered in January 2016. So it took a year or less to develop.

            Krypton was 1st announced in 2014 but with Goyer being such a busy man I can see why the development took this long. As I said not often but there are exceptions.

          • SAMURAI36

            Uhmm, yeah. If they announced in Jan 2015 that they were looking into making more X-Files, how long do you think they were thinking about doing that, prior to the announcement? The day before? The week before? The month before?

            Use you head, man. TV shows can take several months, even years to come go from development to airing.

            And no, it’s not the exception, it’s quite the norm.

          • Carl

            Read. Looking into in Jan. announced in March. Released Jan the following year.

          • SAMURAI36

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files_(season_10)#Background

            On January 17, 2015, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Gary Newman revealed that there was network interest in reviving The X-Files, not as a film franchise, but as a six episode limited run.[27]

            What were they doing prior to Jan 2015, Carlos?

          • Carl

            Not working on the show.

          • SAMURAI36

            So, they came up with the idea right that same day? And what do you consider “working on the show”? Describe it.

          • SAMURAI36

            And why exactly are Netflix shows different? Care to explain that?

          • Carl

            They film the entire show at once like a HBO show so they have to plan farther ahead.

          • SAMURAI36

            Really? So why is this the only Netflix show that they do this with?

            OITNB:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Is_the_New_Black

            HOC:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Cards_(U.S._TV_series)

            In fact, not even GOT takes an entire 2-3 years to film. So there’s goes another of your bogus, nonsense theories.

            Care to try again?

          • Carl

            Never said it takes that long to film.

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, so then develop. Either way, that doesn’t negate the fact that many shows go thru a lengthy developmental process.

            Plus, you keep trying to blame your faulty logic on shows that get filmed all at once. Except not all HBO shows get filmed all at once. Nor do all HBO shows that do, have a lengthy developmental stage.

            So now what’s your lame excuse? Just give up the point already, dude. I’m gonna keep hounding you on this, till you do.

          • Carl

            Go ahead and keep wasting your time then.

          • SAMURAI36

            Oh, no time’s being wasted here. You’ve been defeated, but your ego won’t allow you to admit it. That’s okay, I don’t need the words, the implication is sufficient.

          • Carl

            Whatever floats your boat.

          • SAMURAI36

            Oh, I’m beyond floating, Carlene. I’m soaring. To watch you talk yourself into a corner, has been quite pleasing.

          • Carl

            And I’m entertained by you prattling on and thinking you’ve won something. lol

          • SAMURAI36

            Just gonna leave this hear for you:

            http://www.cbr.com/disney-interactive-shuts-down-marvel-avengers-alliance/

            Another fail for Marvel. While DC’s counterpart, DCUO, is still going strong.

          • Carl

            Cool, more stuff irrelevant to the comments. Your Marvel hatred is strong. You’ve proved yourself to be a huge DC fanboy, congrats.

          • SAMURAI36

            Translated:

            “I freely admit that as of now Marvel has NO video game content whatsoever. Marvel Alliance was a FAIL. In the meantime, DC’s DCUO is still going strong, as is evinced here:”

            https://www.youtube.com/c/DCComics/live

          • Carl

            I don’t care. I don’t play those types of games. Did you know that Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 / 2, Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Injustice were all good games? Do you have the ability to admit that anything Marvel has done is good?

          • SAMURAI36

            It doesn’t matter what games you like to play. That’s not relevant to the fact that THIS game failed.

            And you do realize who did the Marvel Lego game, yes?

          • Carl

            Yeah a company that owns DC but not DC itself. Do you realize that DC doesn’t make video games, they just license out the rights?

            Did you see that SS dropped to 67% audience score now on RT?

          • SAMURAI36

            Are you really trying this hard to distract me from the point? Why can’t you discuss Marvel in detail, the way you always want to do with DC?

            It’s funny that you accuse me of Blind faith, but turn around and display those same qualities yourself.

          • Carl

            You’ve lost track of your point long ago. This article was about a Black Lightning TV show. lol

          • SAMURAI36

            Deflecting as usual. I buried you about Black Lightning days ago. Let me know when you can come up with a flaw for any of your precious Marvel movies.

          • Carl

            Malekith was a bad villain.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO, that’s it?

          • SAMURAI36

            Just gonna leave this here (peep the comments section).

            http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/09/01/marvels-spring-2017-event-still-being-teased/

            Marvel is slowly burning to the ground.

          • Carl

            So what’s the point? I read a few comments didn’t see anything terrible. Marvel is doing just fine. Please stop being so delusional.

            Did you know that the Marvel vs Capcom video games were amazing? Seriously, some of the best fighting games ever. Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi?

            See, I can say random, unrelated stuff too.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re in denial, Carlito. The only thing Marvel is dong “just fine” in, is movies. They’ve put all their eggs in that basket, and thankfully, it is paying off for them.

            Everything else, they are either barely getting by (TV), not doing well at all (animation), or not even trying at all (video games).

            And yes, the MvC games were awesome. But that was 2 decades ago. What have they done lately in the video game department? (BTW, that was created by Capcom, not Marvel, but I’ll still give it to Marvel, just to help your pitiable team out).

          • Carl

            Marvel Comics, TV, Movies and Games are all doing fine.

            UMvC 3 was Nov. 2011 not even 5 years ago. Lego Marvel Super Heroes was 2013. Marvel even has mobile game like Puzzle Quest that do very well. Their is a new, highly anticipated Spider-Man game coming. It’s ok, they don’t need to have lots of games every year.

            Also neither Marvel or DC develop their own games so your point it moot.

          • SAMURAI36

            I read a few comments didn’t see anything terrible. Marvel is doing just fine. Please stop being so delusional.

            Let’s take a look at some of those “not-so-terrible” comments that you seem to be in denial about, shall we?

            “I enjoy that Marvel’s presentation seemed to be “VARIANTS AND EVENTS AND VARIANTS AND EVENTS AND VARIANTS AND EVENTS”. Ride that train to h*ll, guys.

            Nah, that doesn’t sound terrible.

            “So when do the Marvel Heroes stop fighting each other long enough to start fighting villains?”

            Yeah, that sounds awesome.

            “Based on that Divided We Stand Image, this is a definite pass. It’s a bunch of characters I don’t give a crap about fighting a bunch of characters I don’t give a crap about.”

            Sounds like he really likes these characters, huh?

            It’s like a bunch of 6-year-old kids playing in their sandbox, lining up all their toy soldiers and then smashing them against one another. BIFF! POW! Then they put them back in their toy box until next time, when they do it all over again.”

            Wow, sounds like he’s excited for what Marvel has going on.

            “Marvel editorial mandate: see a shark, jump a shark. Lemmings will keep buying anything they publish anyway.”

            Oh wow, he even called your name. I wait, he said “lemmings”, I thought he said “Carl”, LOL.

            “The tag line for this event should be “A HOUSE WITH CRAPPY AND STUPID IDEAS CANNOT SELL LOTS OF COMICS”.

            Well now. That didn’t sound terrible at all. Makes me wonder what your definition of “terrible” actually is.

            Not a single comment was favorable towards Marvel in that thread. You’d be hard pressed to find truly positive discussions about Marvel’s print product on any site these days.

            But according to you, they are “doing fine”. For once, I’d love to see you just stop playing games, and concede the point.

          • Carl

            I don’t care what some random people on the internet that are probably all you in another name said. lol

            Marvel Comics are doing fine.

          • SAMURAI36

            Wow, did you really just accuse me of using multiple usernames for that site? Are these really the lengths you’ll go to, in order to protect your precious Marvel?

          • Carl

            No it’s the lengths someone like you would go to when spewing the vile hate you have for Marvel and blindly licking the balls of anything related to DC.

          • SAMURAI36

            Ah, so you admit to doing this?

          • Carl

            You still have that reading comprehension problem I see.

          • SAMURAI36

            LOL, listen to the “base insults” you’re spewing out now. Sounding really desperate. Not to mention, hypocritical.

          • Carl

            Where?

  • SAMURAI36

    Wow, you fake journalists and the lack of research you guys do, are really starting to bother me. A basic search would have answered your Static question:

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-unveils-first-development-742586

    Static is coming.

    • 1) The question was rhetorical 2) That link is from 2014

      • SAMURAI36

        From Geoff Johns, last year:

        http://www.cbr.com/cbr-tv-sdcc-geoff-johns-talks-the-flash-tv-making-justice-league-count/

        On his involvement with Milestone 2.0 and the newly announced Earth-M at DC Comics:

        I can’t say a lot except that I’m a huge fan of the characters, and Reggie [Hudlin] and Denys [Cowan] and Derek [T. Dingle] and everybody were — and Jim [Lee] — were all working on getting the characters back out there. And Reggie and Denys and I, we’re also working on “Static” the digital series right now for Warner Bros. Blue Ribbon. It’s just characters I think are amazing. When I started reading them, back then I love them, and when I started reading the stuff to look at it I fell in love with them again and I just was like, “Reggie, if you ever want me to come in and do something I’d love to. I love the characters.” And he was like, “Absolutely.” So we’re working on it right now and when the time’s right we’ll talk more about it, but it should be fun. Jim and I are gonna have a good time. We really think Milestone is an important part of the DC Universe and we believe in it and it’s gotta get back out there.

      • SAMURAI36

        You’re welcome, BTW.

  • Axxell

    Nobody wants a show about this c00n character… The only memorable thing about him is being Black (explains the name…)

  • Darthmanwe

    Setting aside the obvious racists…. Uh… Black Lightning has never been more than an ancillary character in comics. Never mind the fact that he doesn’t have any storylines you can use.

    If you want to make a superhero tv show with a black lead, there are better options.

    • SAMURAI36
      • Darthmanwe

        Luke Cage has defenders and heroes for hire storylines, as well as iron fist teamup stories that can be used.

        BL is totally empty on that regard. He has a very short JLA stint I think, but as a 3rd tier side character.

        P.S.: When I say no storylines that you can use, I mean an engaging, well known or well reviewed storyline. His origin story is meh, his alter ego is boring…

        Honestly, I’d make Static, similar powers, but teenager as well as more interesting backstory etc…

        • SAMURAI36

          Luke Cage has defenders and heroes for hire storylines, as well as iron fist teamup stories that can be used.

          Those weren’t “his” stories per se. And by your logic, that’s not enough material to carry an entire show.

          BL is totally empty on that regard. He has a very short JLA stint I think, but as a 3rd tier side character.

          Sorry man, but you really don’t know what you’re talking about. BL has had SEVERAL key stories. I outlined some of them in my response to Carla.

          BL has served as JL member on more than one occasion, the most recent being 5 years. He was a member of Batman’s Outsiders for several years. He’s a legacy character, who has served as a mentor for several characters (Static, his two daughters, and Jakeem Thunder, in the JSA and Outsiders).

          Not to mention his MAJOR roles in Final Crisis:

          http://ecbacc.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/Final%20Crisis.jpg

          As well as Infinite Crisis. Not to mention his several roles on various DC animated series and movies.

          P.S.: When I say no storylines that you can use, I mean an engaging, well known or well reviewed storyline. His origin story is meh, his alter ego is boring…

          Sorry, but you don’t get to make that call, when you yourself aren’t even familiar with the character’s story or origin.

          Honestly, I’d make Static, similar powers, but teenager as well as more interesting backstory etc…

          Technically, BL is Static’s mentor. So their stores are kinda connected anyway.

    • SAMURAI36

      Also, I shudder to think what ignorant stuff folks have said on this topic.

    • Your_Mama1

      I’ve never even heard of this character before today. What a joke. Please appeal to the brothers and sisters who will watch this show because they’re so desperate for a hero in their lives since their parents are probably deadbeats.

      • SAMURAI36

        Wow, this is an easy block. Toodles.