The CW is moving closer to having a network of DC TV , or at least a Berlanti Universe. Maybe. Back in the fall Fox gave the green light to a Black Lightning TV series created by super-producer Greg Berlanti as well as husband and wife duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. However, it now appears that Fox may now be reconsidering its jump into genre fare, and doesn’t want to become a superhero driven channel, with already having Gotham and Lucifer, and soon to be adding an X-Men series from Matt Nix as well as a space opera a la Flash Gordon from Seth McFarlane. Unfortunately, Black Lightning was just one to genre show too many.
Deadline is reporting that the series now seems poised to move over to The CW, where it would join its DC TV brethren (also produced by Berlanti) in The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. All four of which have done well, with Supergirl in particular, which itself moved from CBS last year, it has been improved by its inclusion into this world. The CW recently has doubled-down on Tuesday nights to pair The Flash and Legends back to back, if Black Lightning were to join the ranks The CW would be airing 5 superhero shows on one network, potentially one for each weeknight.
For those who are unfamiliar with Black Lightning here’s a rundown:
Black Lightning is a metahuman who can control electro-magnetic fields around his body, and can use it to incapacitate foes or even kill if necessary. He can also use it to launch projectiles, and propel himself giving him limited flight abilities. In the comics, he has helped re-start Superman’s heart, and has trained with Batman to hone his combat skills under.
Pierce has two daughters who are both superhero vigilantes in their right, Anissa a.k.a. Thunder, a member of the Outsiders, and Jennifer a.k.a. Lightning, recruited by the Justice Society of America that appear to be apart of the show as it unfolds.
Let’s hope that the show will be introduced properly into the already existing Arrow-verse successfully. There is some diversity in the Berlanti DC TV with the likes of Vixen, Martian Man-hunter, Mr. Terrific, Spartan, Mad Dog, Vibe, Kid Flash and Guardian, which are all secondary characters. This would be the first diverse lead driven superhero show on network television. I hope it can work out on The CW, but it already seems over saturated with superheroes. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section.