According to The Wrap, Berlanti is set to produce a Black Lightning series that’s being created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, best known for TV shows like The Game, Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane. Although the project is still in the early stages of development, Berlanti is reportedly already attached to the series and is helping the husband-wife duo try to land the project at a network.
Based on comic book writer Tony Isabella’s famous hero, Black Lightning was one of DC’s first black superheroes and debuted in 1977. Isabella was asked to come up with a new character after DC’s first attempt at a black superhero, Black Bomber, was canceled before it even went to print following the departure of the editor who came up with the character. Black Lightning had his own series for a while, but following a cancellation in 1978, mostly bounced around from series to series. He was eventually invited to join the Justice League in a two-part series, but wound up turning them down.
The show is being produced by Warner Bros. TV, and while it seems like the CW would be a perfect home for the show, it doesn’t look like that’ll be the network to pick it up. Earlier this year, CW president Mark Pedowitz said the network had no plans to pick up any more superhero shows.
Update: According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the Black Lightning series has been given a pilot order from Fox. That means that if the show moves forward, it will exist on the same network as Gotham.