We haven’t heard of another new DC-themed show coming to The CW yet this year so it shouldn’t be surprising that another Greg Berlanti-produced show is coming over from another network instead. Black Lightning‘ had a production commitment over at Fox though is now starting to sound like it will be joining The CW’s already DC heavy lineup as the network had passed on the series. Which, let’s be honest, makes sense for the crossover potential alone.
The series was written by husband and wife duo Salim and Mara Brock Akil which was to be based off the character who was originally created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. When we start his tale, Black Lightning goes by the name of Jefferson Pierce who gave up crime fighting years ago is brought back into the fold when local crime hits a bit too close to home.
The Akil’s were working with Berlanti on the series when Fox decided to opt out from ordering a pilot. With ‘Gotham’, ‘Lucifer’, MacFarlane’s upcoming series, ‘The Passage’ and the untitled ‘X-Men’ series by Matt Nix already on the Fox schedule and ‘Legion’ on FX, it seems the network wasn’t interested in adding another genre show.
We all know that The CW has no problems with adding superhero shows to their lineup and is almost at the point where they may need to launch a secondary network just to bring non-DC shows to the small screen.
With ‘Riverdale’ having originated on Fox and ‘Supergirl’ coming over from CBS there is clear precedent for the network to go this route. If we do see ‘Black Lightning’ on The CW, I suspect it wouldn’t be long until we saw a crossover hit with one of more of their current lineup which includes ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’
Are you happy to hear that ‘Black Lightning’ is heading to The CW for future crossover potential or would you have preferred he stayed on Fox to get a fresh take on DC’s comic characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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