DC Comics is really taking over television with yet another of its superhero’s getting their own series–Black Lightning!
As you may already know the show is being produced by Salim and Mara Brock Akil and is based on the titular superhero. Check out the synopsis from the series below:
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.
Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
The series unfortunately WILL NOT be a part of the Arrowverse, the fan dubbed name for the universe and crossovers between the characters of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and The Legends of Tomorrow. CW President, Mark Pedowitz, released the following statement:“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning at this time is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation. But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four shows on in the fall.” This is definitely disappointing, although Black Lightning will be tackling some very real issues, it deserves to be a part of what has already proven to be an amazing universe of series. Although Pedowitz did say “at this time” which gives us some hope.
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Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning