DC’s Black Lightning Heads To Fox, Filming For Pilot Starts In March
Jefferson Pierce a.k.a. Black Lightning is finally joining some of his DC companions. We found out four months ago that Black Lightening was being adapted by Greg Berlanti from its comic book origins for television. The upcoming DC Comics show struck a deal with Fox, similar to the upcoming Cloak & Dagger series Marvel TV is working on. The network for Black Lightning has made a pilot production commitment, which indicates Fox is heavily invested in the project but doesn’t guarantee it will continue after the pilot.
On April 1977, Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden created DC Comics’ first major African-American superhero. The story follows Jefferson Pierce, a former Olympian, who was secretly born with the ability to create and manipulate electromagnetic fields. Although he had abandoned his hometown in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum after the murder of his father, Pierce returns there with his wife and daughter, taking a job as a high school principal. It is after losing one of his students to the gang violence that threatens the city that Pierce decides to take advantage of his powers, adopting the identity Black Lightning, Among being a member on the U.S. Department of Education and the International Olympic Committee the illustrious Black Lightning was a member of the Justice League and even Batman’s Outsiders. With such a rich history, the story of Jefferson Pierce is bound to make a great series given the proper writing and production team.
Originally it was reported in September 2016 that a DC Superhero shows was in development with Arrow-verse producer, Greg Berlanti at the helm. The pilot has Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schehter, Salim and Mara Brock Akil from BET’s “The Game” as Executive Producers for the show. It seems that the Akil’s will be taking on the majority of the responsibilities as not only Executive Producers but Producers as well, the pilot will be written by the Akil’s as well. The Black Lightening pilot will be produced by Akil Productions, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Even though Berlanti works within the Arrow-verse, he confirmed that Black Lightening won’t crossover with the other shows. Berlanti stated back in January:
“If we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.”
The series will reportedly focus on “Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. However, with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.”
Black Lightning’s pilot starts filming in March 2017.
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