Black Lightning has a pilot on the way ordered by Fox TV. DC’s Greg Berlanti, who is the producer on Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) Mara Brock and Alim Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane) are coming together under Berlanti Productions and WBTV to develop a TV series staring one of DC’s premiere Black super heroes. Black Lightning was conceived by comic creators Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden way back in 1977, debuting in his own series before becoming part of the Justice League later on. His real name is Jefferson Pierce and he started out as an Olympic champion turn public school teacher in the poor section of Metropolis before becoming Secretary of Education under President Lex Luthor (yes, that actually happened). Jefferson Pierce was born with the power to control electromagnetic energy but never used them until a student of his was killed due to street violence. Adopting the mantle of Black Lightning he became a super hero and soon a respected member and fan favorite of the DCU.
Like Vixen before him, this will mark his first appearance in live action. He’s been in a ton of DC animations, include the highly popular Justice League Unlimited, and has been in and out of DC comics since he first appeared. Interestingly enough his animated appearance has been voice by giants like Blair Underwood and Levar Burton. No word on when shooting will start of what the schedule will be, but I’m guessing that Berlanti is smart enough to watch and see where Luke Cage goes. More news to come as they put it out there.