In the past two weeks, there have been big developments on the recently announced Black Lightning TV project from DC TV producer Greg Berlanti. It started with the announcement that he along with The Game and Being Mary Jane creators, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, were shopping the pilot around to networks. Then, last week, FOX revealed that they had given Black Lightning a pilot production commitment, which was literally just one week after the initial announcement of the project.
In a recent interview with Indiewire, Berlanti discussed his process with various DC TV shows, Riverdale, as well as Black Lightning. When asked how he got involved with it, Berlanti responded with the following.
“That was mostly [executive producers] Mara [Brock Akil] and Salim [Akil], who are incredibly talented, and the studio just asked me to godfather them a bit, since this genre is newer for them. But they really have a vision for that show, so I hope I can help them execute it.”
He was also asked with the follow-up questions of how the process is like when developing one of these superhero series and the Akils involvement on Black Lightning.
“A few of them would be that the shows have to exist as if they had nothing to do with superheroes as well. What kind of show would it be? What would it be about? What’s the emotional core of the main character and their journey? Inevitably if that stuff isn’t there, everything else feels like noise. I’d say also, your heroes are only as good as your villains. They have to have a great villain as well to challenge the hero. And to not be afraid to make it as specific as possible. Obviously we participate in a lot of these shows right now, and there are a lot of them in TV and movies. The ones that succeed have a real specificity to them. They did that and worked their heart and soul into their pitch. It’s a very personal story for them. I hope people will connect with it.”
With the show now having gotten a pilot production commitment, casting news will hopefully come out sometime this fall. Here is the official synopsis for Black Lightning:
“Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent 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.”
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