Black Lightning TV Series Lands At FOX
Everyone knows by now that Greg Berlanti is the guy you go to when it comes bringing superheroes DC superheroes to live-action on the small screen. With The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow doing so well on The CW it comes as no surprised that the Black Lightning TV show has now been picked up by FOX.
The show will mark the first appearance of the character in live-action and will see Salim and Mara Brock Akil as executive producers. As it stands the show will not be part of the current DC TV universe that has been set up, then again the same was said about Supergirl and now she’s on The CW with the rest of them.
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella, was DC’s first black headlining comic book superhero debuting in 1977. His powers were original accessed by using a belt that allowed him to generate force fields and electrical bolts, it wasn’t until later that his power was revealed to come from his meta-gene. With many people not being familiar with the character it will be interesting to see how the showrunners are going to approach the project, especially with it being on FOX.
When talking about his involvement on the show Berlanti said, “[Black Lightning] was mostly Mara and Salim, who are incredibly talented, and the studio just asked me to godfather them a bit, since this genre is newer for them. But they really have a vision for that show, so I hope I can help them execute it.”
Regardless of how much involvement Berlanti has of the project fans will no doubt be excited to see what the Black Lightning TV show will bring. As the interest in comic book adaption continues to grow wider audiences are becoming excited for what comes next, even if it involves characters that aren’t as well knew as say Superman. We won’t know what to expect until we’re given a taste in the form of casting, on-set photos, or a trailer. For we’ll just have to wait.