The CW’s family of DC superheroes is officially adding a new member.
The Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil led Black Lightning, that was originally ordered to pilot by Fox before they passed & The CW picked it up, has been ordered to series by the network, according to Deadline.
Based upon the first major African American hero from DC comics created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, Black Lightning falls Jefferson Pierce who hung up his super suit years ago. But like most retired heroes, he’s pulled back into the fight because one of his daughters is hell-bent on justice while the other is a star students being recruited by a local gang.
Berlanti, the Akils and Sarah Schechter will serve as executive producers on the series, with this marking the sixth series on the network that Berlanti is producing. Salim Akil is directing the pilot based upon a script he wrote.
Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams and China Anne as Jefferson’s daughters Jennifer & Anissa Pierce and Chrinstine Adams as his ex-wife Lynn.
There is no stated release for the series, but it likely will be one of The CW’s midseason replacements in 2018.