DC Legend, Black Lightning On Fox: Here Are 5 Things We Should Expect

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Black LightningBlack 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.

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Jon Negroni

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  • Maxi Iroh

    What if his kid turns out to be Virgil.

  • flavortang

    I cannot believe that we’re at a point where freakin’ BLACK LIGHTNING is getting his own show. I just wish it was tied into the other DCTV projects. Maybe it’ll pull a Supergirl eventually and merge with it.

  • Peter James

    >>>>”Like electricity itself, he has lightning-fast reflexes and can move (and fly) at the speed of light. “

    That’s nonsensical, especially when you consider the fact that electricity (which is basically charged particles (electrons)) itself doesn’t move at the speed of light and quite frankly can’t.

    Nothing that has mass (including sub-atomic particles like electrons and charged ions) can move at the speed of light according the principle of General Relativity.

    There’s artistic license and fantasy, and then there’s just plain old fashioned nonsense.

    • Monty

      But if they changed his name to Photon in a Vacuum Man, I’d buy the premise.

    • flavortang

      You sound fun.


    One thing that I’d add to this list, is that he’s a father. Lighting and Thunder are his daughters, and he’s also served as a mentor for Static.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTBeljjsDD8 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa5eed86c47abfe2066eff9dc868001177174769f226ffde0c62a9bdc2453701.jpg

  • flavortang

    If he had sidekicks or kids that inherited his powers he could name them Jolt, Sparkle, Zap, .etc. Have a whole Black Lightning family similar to the Bat-family and Flash-family where the heroes have a similar power set.