Greg Berlanti’s latest superhero show ‘Black Lightning’ is likely making the move from FOX to The CW…
It looks like the Berlanti-verse on The CW is about to get even bigger.
‘Black Lightning’ — the latest comic book adaptation for television from Greg Berlanti — is likely moving from its original home on FOX over to The CW with a pilot commitment from the network.
‘Black Lightning’ is based on the DC Comics character whose real name is Jefferson Pierce — a metahuman who returns to his hometown in Metropolis to become a school principal when he discovers his neighborhood is being overrun by crime and an organized criminal organization. Pierce is eventually forced to use his powers, which transform him into the hero known as ‘Black Lightning’.
The new series being developed by husband and wife team Salim and Mara Brock-Akil and was picked up by FOX but eventually the network decided that another superhero show just wouldn’t fit in an already crowded lineup with similar genre series such as ‘Gotham’ and ‘Lucifer’.
So now it appears ‘Black Lightning’ will be going to The CW instead where Berlanti already has four shows — ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ — which dominate the network several nights a week.
‘Black Lightning’ would also be the first superhero series on network or cable television with an African-American lead, joining Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’, which debuted on the streaming service Netflix last year.