Not too long ago, there were speculations that a new DC Comics show Black Lightning was being shipping around and as luck would have it, the show has landed in the CW. The series has been officially green lit for a full season.
Black Lightning was originally developed and subsequently passed over at Fox, which allowed CW to order a pilot. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who serves as the EP for the other Arrowverse shows (The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl), the show is the fifth DC Comics show to be under Berlanti at the CW. It’s safe to say you can expect his involvement in the upcoming mega crossover later this year.
The plot centers around Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero, who gets drawn back into being a vigilante by his justice-seeking daughter and to save a star student from being recruited by a local gang. Jefferson Pierce has two daughters Anissa Pierce and Jennifer Pierce, both of whom has followed their father’s footsteps into becoming superheroes. Returning to being a superhero, it is unclear how Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will bring him into the fold.
With all Arrowverse shows returned for the 2017-2018 season, the CW’s DC Universe continues to grow strong despite having drawn criticism for the current seasons. While other networks have had successes with some superhero shows such as Gotham and Legion, none have managed to achieve the level that the CW has with their shows. While it still remains unlikely that their shows will crossover to the adaptations on other networks, the CW has plenty with more still to come. Black Lighting could be released towards the end of the year, but more likely some time in 2018.