There’s a full season order in for DC Comics’ new Black Lightning series!
The CW has made it official! The Black Lightning series will be the next to join the small screen DC Comics universe as the network has set the show for a full season order. The network has meanwhile renewed fellow DC Comics adaptation iZombie for a fourth season, set The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals for a fifth season, and picked up the hourlong dramedy Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale.
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, made his first appearance in 1977’s Black Lightning #1. 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 daughters, 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, he becomes a costumed superhero who goes on to serve as team member of both the Outsiders and the Justice League.
The Black Lightning series stars Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in the title role. Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock and Sarah Schechter are executive producers on Black Lightning, which hails from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil is directing the pilot from a script he wrote.
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