Not too long ago, it was reported that FOX has ordered a pilot for Greg Berlanti’s new superhero show Black Lightning. Should the full series have been ordered by FOX, it would be unlikely that the show/character would ever have a crossover with any of the Arrowverse shows, news that was met with disappointment by some fans. Thankfully, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that The CW, home of the Arrowverse, has gotten their hands on the show and has made an official pilot order from the writing duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil with Greg Berlanti serving as the executive producer.
It has been reported that FOX passed on the project earlier this week, which made it possible for The CW to nab the project for themselves and continue the expansion of the Arrowverse. Black Lightning‘s full series order, which is likely to happen, would be Greg Berlanti’s fifth DC superhero show at the CW, joining Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, all of which have been renewed for the 2017-2018 season. With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘s move to the Tuesday slot with fellow Arrowverse show The Flash, this potentially new show could join the superhero lineup next season on Thursday, thereby avoiding the Friday night death slot. However, other sources are reporting the possibility that the five shows would be staggered throughout the year, which may not sit too well with most fans.
The series will follow Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero, who is motivate into taking up the mantle again due to personal and professional issues. One of these issues could potentially be revolving around “a student being recruited by gangs, which suggests the series will retain the character’s teaching background”.
Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW Television Network, has stated in an interview last year that they have no plans in adding a new DC property and are choosing to focus on developing the four shows that they currently have. That said, he made it clear that the network isn’t opposed to the idea of adding another show to their lineup if something good pops up.
The Arrowverse doesn’t shy away from embracing diversity in their stories and the entry of Black Lightning would only add more superhero diversity to broadcast TV. The move to the CW would make it more than likely that the show would be part of the Arrowverse, whether or not the show would be held on Earth-1 or another Earth like Supergirl is still not known – we are hoping for the former of course. Should Black Lightning join the Arrowverse, it’s not a far stretch to expect that Blue Devil would be not far behind.