DC Comics and Warner Bros have a whole TV universe built already, and they have more plans to expand it in 2017. There have been several DC TV projects rumored over the last few years, but last fall we heard that one of them, Black Lightning, was going into development.
Now, we have some first evidence that Black Lightning could indeed start shooting soon.
Last we heard Black Lightning had landed at Fox, adding to that network's lineup of DC Comics TV shows, which also includes Gotham and Lucifer. "Arrowverse" producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are overseeing things, and New Orleans is a key locale DC TV shows (and most of Hollywood) have used for various productions, so this could be a legit posting, as it fits a believable timetable from when Fox snagged Black Lightning to when cameras start rolling.
If it is legit, there are two immediate questions that need answering:
- Is the show an official part of the "Flarrowverse" or more of a standalone cousin like Supergirl? Or is it part of the Supergirl reality?
- Who has been (or will be) cast as Black Lightning?
A previously revealed synopsis for the show reads something like this: "the show will follow Jefferson Pierce, a character who made his choice years ago to hang up his suit and secret identity. However, his hell-bent on justice, star student daughter being recruited into a local gang pulls him back into the vigilante game as the DC Comics hero: Black Lightning."
In all seriousness, it's not hard to imagine DC/WB looking at the breakout success of Marvel's Luke Cage Netflix series and deciding that TV series featuring an African-American superhero would be a good idea. As we previously discussed here at Comicbook.com, Marvel is ahead of DC TV when it comes to offering a diverse lineup of solo character shows.
We'll keep you updated on the status of Black Lightning.