It's time for Mama Kent to put her sewing skills to the test - Greg Berlanti is in need of his very own superhero cape. With four DC series currently in production and Black Lightning in line for a Fox pilot, the executive producer has earned it.
The Berlanti-verse is currently home to everyone from Supergirl and her Kryptonian cousin to the Scarlett Speedsters and Star City's prickly vigilante. Soon Jefferson Pierce will join their ranks.
Pierce, aka Black Lightning, opted out of the superhero game in his younger years, but he'll throw on his suit once more if Fox orders a series. Check out the Black Lightning premise below:
"Jefferson Pierce made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but 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."
Although Berlanti's series' boast diverse casts, Black Lightning would mark DC's first attempt at a show with a person of color as the lead. Now that Marvel has Netflix's Luke Cage and a future Black Panther movie, DC is falling behind when it comes to inclusively.
Now one question remains - will Fox possess the foresight to move Black Lightning to series? Considering the success The CW has experienced with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Supergirl, its clear Berlanti possesses the secret formula.
"They're aspirational stories that are a fusion of different elements. But in a particular moment they can be anything," Berlanti told Vulture. "Some days on The Flash, we're making a family show, and there are other days where we're making a crime show. Then, in the next hour, the whole cast might have to turn around and do a huge visual-effects sequence, and then in the next hour, they'll have to turn around and do something comedic. At the same time, they're really grounded in basic truths of, Can you overcome? What does it take?"
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